We’ll never forget you
Akeem Adams was born in Point Fortin, in Trinidad and Tobago April 13, 1991.
Already as a child Akeem had an exceptionally remarkable physical condition which helped him debut in his home country’s elite league already at the age of 16. The fact that he got his first invitation to the Trinidad and Tobago national side in the same year clearly showed his attributes and prospects for his career.
Besides the top-level national team, he participated in the U-17 and U-20 World Cup series as well.
Before signing to Fradi, the young player had already played at W Connection, United Petrotrin and Central FC.
Ferencvárosi Torna Club signed Akeem Adams on August 7 after rapidly convincing the management after his trial period. The defender played for the first time at FTC in the Third Round: his debut was frenetic as Akeem fitted perfectly into the defence system of Ricardo Moniz and took a great role in defeating Győr 2-1.
The management counted on him in the starting eleven during the following rounds as well. His last match in the Fradi jersey was against the club’s ancient rival, Újpest in Puskás Stadium. Akeem was substituted in extra time of the match and he walked from the pitch to the applause of more than 22,000.
After beating the purple-and-white team, Adams continued working hard in training with a big smile on his face. He was just preparing for the next league match. However, on the night of September 25, he suffered a sudden, massive heart attack at his home. He was transported to Városmajor Heart Clinic as quickly as possible.
Had it not been for the professional, quick and heroic fight of the medical staff of FTC and Városmajor Heart Clinic, Akeem’s chances would have been reduced close to zero. The player had numerous life-saving surgeries during the following days and received a mechanical instrument supporting his vascular system.
In contrast to the huge damage of the body, physicians could stabilise the player’s condition. FTC organised the journey of Akeem’s mother and brother to Hungary, who the player could consciously meet and say farewell to.
The following weeks and months brought other life-saving operations on Adams. Despite the heroic fight of the doctors, Akeem suffered a stroke the December 29 which turned his condition into critical. Sadly, this unfortunate new situation determined that the life of Akeem Adams could be saved and the Trinidad and Tobago player breathed his last breath on December 30.
The Fradi crowd, well-known for its criticism, took Akeem quickly in; he became one of their favourite players. He earned both the supporters’ and professionals’ credit for his tough but clear play. He was solid, serene and played in the spirit of fair play. Akeem Adams became an appreciated member of Ferencvárosi Torna Club, who in the future will remember him as a role-model for his serenity, humility and steadfast play.
The Fradi-family will never forget You, Akeem Adams! Rest in peace.