John Michael Nchekwube Obinna (John Mikel Obi is more widespread name) is a footballer from Nigeria, who considered to be a famous halfback of English club Chelsea and the local team within the homeland.
John Mikel is born in April 22, 1987 in Jos (Nigeria). His father, who joined the Igbo ethnic group, owned the transport firm. His name is rather meaningful: therefore "Nchekwube" is considered to be "hope" and "Obinna" is related to "Father´s heart".
Obi began to climb the corporate ladder by football as his vocation and recently he was invited to participate in Pepsi Football Academy, it is worth noting that around 3000 people tried their hand in the competition. This Academy is famous for its objective: it deals with different prospective celebrities, promising young men, to allow them to join the ranks of professional game. At that time he was markedly different from his peers. However, Obi was noticed.
John Mikel was picked up with the expectation that he would play in the team, which includes such venerable players as Victor Obinna, Celestine Babayaro, Chris Obodo. Whereupon Obi appeared before the audience on the European arena. John Mikel added points to Nigeria by participating in the FIFA Under-17 World Championships, which took place in Finland.
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