Chelsea icon John Obi Mikel funds Nigeria’s amputee World Cup team and says ‘I didn’t think twice’

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CRUTCHES clatter along the pavement of John Obi Mikel’s back garden as four footballers step onto the patio.

This is not a reunion of injured pros but a meet-up between Chelsea’s former midfielder and a contingent of amputee players.

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Chelsea icon John Obi Mikel invited amputee footballers to his Surrey home[/caption]

They are here for a project Mikel has developed a passion for.

It is six weeks since Nigeria’s amputee team, nicknamed the ‘Special Eagles’, reached out to the two-time Premier League winner for help.

Nigeria were due to miss the Amputee World Cup last month after failing to raise the necessary funds to go to Mexico.

Ghana’s highly-rated team was unable to go to Mexico while England only reached the required £70,000 amount due to a late donation from the Premier League.

Alan Walter

Nathan Fisher, left, Michael Ishiguzo, second right, and Roger Whitehouse told Mikel their stories[/caption]

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Michael Ishiguzo plays for Arsenal Amputee FC[/caption]

Fisher, left, was born without a fibula bone in his right leg