Nathan Ake Loses Father after Scoring His First Champions League Goal
Manchester City defender Nathan Ake, has confirmed the death of his father. The player confirmed the sad news on his official Instagram account on Thursday, September 16th, 2021.
The player was part of the Manchester City that defeated RB Leipzig in their opening UEFA Champions League group game on Wednesday, September 16th, 2021. Ake scored the opening goal for the City in the 16th minute of the first half.
It was Ake’s first Champions League goal and his second goal for Manchester City. He later dedicated the goal to his father, who reportedly passed away moments after his son scored.
The past weeks have been the toughest of my life. My dad has been very ill and there was no more treatment possible. I was lucky to have a lot of support from my fiance, family and friends.
Yesterday, after a difficult time, I scored my first Champions League goal, and only a few minutes after he passed away peacefully with my mum and brother by his side.
Maybe it was meant to be. Watching me play always made him proud and happy. I know you’re always with me, you will always be in my heart and this one is for you dad.
It was reported that Ake withdrew from the Netherlands squad against Turkey at the World Cup qualifier because of his father’s health. He was an unused substitute for the Netherlands in the game against Norway and Montenegro, leaving the squad because of private reasons.