‘This one was for you’: Nathan Ake’s father died ‘minutes after’ seeing son’s first Champions League goal for Man City
Manchester City defender confirmed the tragic passing of his father on Wednesday evening from a terminal illness, having watched his son score against RB Leipzig.
Nathan Ake has disclosed that his father died shortly after witnessing his son score his first Champions League goal.
The Manchester City defender scored the first goal in the team’s 6-3 triumph over RB Leipzig on Wednesday night, his second goal for the club since joining in the summer of 2020.
The Netherlands international posted to Instagram today to inform fans that his father, Moise, who was born in Ivory Coast, has died after being diagnosed with terminal cancer a few weeks ago.
This is said to be the reason Ake was dropped from the Netherlands squad during the recent World Cup qualifiers.
Ake said: “The past few 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 fiancé, 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 was for you dad.”