Mikel cheats death at airport, as fans mob Chelsea star
By ROMANUS UGWU, Abuja | Feb 13, 2013
Mikel cheats death at airport, as fans mob Chelsea star

Tragedy was averted at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Abuja, when Nigerian international, John Mikel Obi, narrowly escaped death as he struggled into exhaustion in an attempt to free himself from the surging crowd that defied security to either touch him or have a glimpse of him on arrival from South Africa.

It however took the quick intervention of a combined team of security agents to rescue the totally exhausted Super Eagles star from the fans who were falling and rising on one another  to touch him, singing the popular tune, 'Obi kerereke Obi'

Determined to save the Stamford Bridge midfielder from the mobbing crowd, the security operatives rescued him into safety where he was hidden from the fans until the team departed the airport lobby through strong security surveillance into their waiting bus.

Meanwhile, the excessive luggage of the Nigerian contingent delayed the departure of the players for hours as they waited endlessly for the arrival of their multiple luggages to the disappointment of the massive crowd that comprised school children, market men and women, musical troops among others.

The contingents had arrived the airport at exactly 3.11pm but finally left at  5.20pm, afterspending more than one hour waiting disappointingly for the arrival of their luggages.

It was a sight of exhausted pitiable school pupils who had arrived the airport as early as 10.00am to welcome the players, but the disappointed fans could not hold their happiness when the players and officials finally made their ways into the waiting Marcopolo official bus of the Super Eagles with the metallic trophy.

While cheering, the fans excitedly, falling on one another and sustaining injuries, they gave  players such as Mikel Obi, Sunday Mbah, Ike Uche a thunderous ovation.

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