Norwich City striker Dieumerci Mbokani says his wife saved his life after he was caught up in Tuesday’s terror attacks in Brussels.
The Canaries forward was at Zaventem Airport in the Belgian capital at the time of one of the explosions, where 14 people died.
Speaking to Belgian newspaper La Derniere Heure, Mbokani revealed his partner’s decision to not go into the terminal when he had wanted to ensured they escaped without harm.
“We were on the pavement outside the building. I was near the taxi rank, my wife was near the buses, some feet from the explosion,” he said.
“If we had entered a minute earlier, we would be dead. It was my wife who saved our lives.
“I wanted to get into the terminal earlier but she said ‘Let’s wait for my cousin’ who was taking the same flight. She told me he was coming in a minute or two. It is a miracle.
“When the attack happened, I was sitting down, and then I ran to my wife and fled to the Sheraton and then to the parking lot. I left my seven suitcases where they were. A taxi driver followed me with three suitcases the other four were returned to me at home on Wednesday.”
Mbokani was travelling to play for DR Congo in their Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches against Angola and the 30-year-old says he is prepared to play for his country still if required.