Chief Michael Obi, father of Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, said there is no love lost between him and his world-famous footballer son.
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The Senior Obi, who disclosed this in an interview with Daily Trust, hinted that he has endured several years of turbulent relationship with the China based footballer that culminated into the duo not talking in the last five years.
“It’s over five years now without a phone call from him to me. But he communicates with his mother. There is nothing I have not done to fix it. God has told me that I should not feel hurt. When we start to talk about it, I say, ‘Well, as long as I see him on TV, doing great, no problem,” the 74-year-old who is based in Jos, the Plateau State where he raised all his children including Mikel, said.
He told the paper about the cause of his frosty relationship with the son: “When he first joined Chelsea, my people in Anambra were very happy that God has blessed their son, and when he came to Abuja, they prepared very well with the hope that he will come to our hometown.
“They even made some magazines. It was grand. But he didn’t come. It was a shameful thing to me, as a father. He once told his brother that sometimes he picks his phone to call me, but something tells him not to.”
Mr. Obi has been kidnaped twice. The last was during the just concluded World Cup where his son represented the country.