Super Eagles Legend Mikel Obi Speaks on Reports Claiming He Was Kidnapped, Says It Was Like a Movie

Super Eagles Legend Mikel Obi Speaks on Reports Claiming He Was Kidnapped, Says It Was Like a Movie

Babajide Orevba
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:42 PM
  • Mikel Obi was the center of controversy between Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester United back in 2006
  • It was gathered that the Nigerian star had agreed pre-contract with the Red Devils before he ended up joining The Blues
  • Reports at that time alleged that the superstar was kidnapped, but Mikel has stated that he only went into hiding

Former Nigerian international Mikel Obi has debunked rumours that he was abducted in 2006 before he moved to Premier League club Chelsea, Complete Sports.

The former Super Eagles captain was declared missing by Morgan Andersen, the general manager of his former club Lyn Oslo, as there was a tug of war over the player’s future.

It was gathered that Mikel had signed a pre-contract with Manchester United in 2005, but the midfielder ended up joining Jose Mourinho’s Stamford Bridge side.

Mikel Obi
Mikel Obi says he was not kidnapped before joining Chelsea. Photo: Justin Tallis
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In a recent interview with The Athletic, the 34-year-old disclosed that a report of him being kidnapped was not true that he had to hide when the pressure was much.

“Yes, there was talk of that. Look, I wasn’t really kidnapped. I was just staying away from the public eye, away from the press, making sure no one knew where I was.
“But there was a public announcement in Norway that, if anyone saw me, they should report it to the police, so we had to go and hide. Obviously, United were trying to get hold of me. So was Lyn. There were some tough times. It was like a movie.”

He spent 11 years at Chelsea becoming one of the club’s most-decorated players having won two Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the Champions League as well as the Europa League.

Fifa recognises 101 caps for Ahmed Musa

Meanwhile, Fifa has stated that Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa now has 101 caps for the Nigerian senior national team, as he joins two other players who reached such feat.

Former captains Joseph Yobo and Vincent Enyeama also finished on 101 caps for the Super Eagles before they retired from football.

Musa achieved the feat during a World Cup qualifying match against Central African Republic which was played in Douala, Cameroon as Nigeria defeated their opponents 2-0.

Who are Nigeria’s most successful stars? earlier reported that Finidi George is one of Nigeria's most successful players in Europe but the former Ajax legend has not been regarded as the most successful.

He won the Champions League trophy with the Amsterdam giants back in 1996 making him the first player from the country to do so.

Nwankwo Kanu was also a member of the team but the former Super Eagles winger was a regular in the then Loius Van Gaal's squad.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.