The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) this afternoon confirmed the passing of national footballer Akeem Adams in Hungary.
Social Media had earlier today reported the death of young footballer Akeem Adams, who has been in critical condition at a hospital in Hungary, after suffering a heart attack in September. However, Adams' local representative has disclosed that Adams' mother had taken the decision not to give doctors permission to take her son off life support.
According to the TTFA "Akeem Adams' local representative Dion Sosa, at 11:15 am today advised that Ancilla Adams, mother of Akeem Adams has opted go with faith and has decided against taking her son off life support following initial reports of a decision to take that step earlier today.
The TTFA will issue a statement on due course following further developments. Akeem continues to be in our prayers".
This afternoon, came confirmation of Adams' death.
The TTFA stated ''We would like to extend our deepest condolences and sympathies on behalf of the officials, players and supporters of all our teams to Akeem’s family and friends at this sad time.Akeem’s uncle Ivan Dick and local representative Dion Sosa confirmed that Akeem left us at 12:45pm TT time.
“He went on his own. This was God’s call. He is at peace now. We wish to thank all of those who offered their support to Akeem and his family. He touched us all in so many ways,” said Dick.
President Raymond Tim Kee, in an immediate statement after receiving the dreadful news, said: “No words can fully express our grief and dismay on what has happened. We can only pass on all our thoughts and prayers to his family and hope they will get some strength from the outpouring of love and support from everyone over this period going back to the time that he suffered the heart attack some months ago.
“Everyone in our football fraternity is deeply affected by this. Not only was he a promising and dedicated footballer, but he was also a fine young man,” Tim Kee told TTFA Media today.
Akeem was a prospect that undoubtedly would have had a bright future in the game. Born April 13th, 1991, Akeem first entered the national program at the Under 13 level in 2004 on a squad of players prepared for the Caribbean Under 15 Championships. He would later become an integral part of the National Under 17 Team that defeated Jamaica at the CONCACAF qualifiers in Kingston to qualify for the 2007 FIFA Under 17 World Cup in South Korea. Akeem played in that World Cup and two years later would go on to help the National Under 20 Team book its place in the 2009 FIFA Under 20 World Cup in Egypt where he also made appearances at FIFA's second biggest world tournament.
His progress was consistent and he made his senior international debut for this country on January 22, 2011 against Finland at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, going on to make nine international appearances before joining Hungarian football club Ferencvárosi TC which was his final team up until the time of his passing.
Akeem's humble spirit was felt from the start and he has definitely left his mark and will forever hold a place in the hearts of all in the Trinidad and Tobago and international football community.