Dieumerci Mbokani‘s last couple weeks surely fit in with the more poignant stories of the Premier League season.
The Congolese striker was a few minutes behind en route to the Brussels’ Zaventem airport, a delay that kept him safe from the horrible terrorist attacks that killed 31 people.
“At the moment of the explosion, I was on the pavement outside,” Mbokani told Belgian newspaper La Derniere Heure.
“If we had been a minute earlier, we would have been dead. It is my wife who saved our lives. I wanted to get there earlier but she said, ‘Let’s wait for Nathan’ who was on the same flight. She told me he would arrive in a minute or two’. It is a miracle. I stayed calm at the time to assure my wife who was really hysterical. On getting back home, I went to get my boy from school and hugged him.”
Mbokani scored and had another called back in Norwich City’s crucial 3-2 win over Newcastle United, and he earns a place in the Premier League Team of the Week.
The win boosted Norwich four points clear of Sunderland and six ahead of Newcastle in the race for the PL’s final safety spot.
Premier League Team of the Week — Round 32
Goalkeeper: Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion)