Sunday, February 25, 2018

Soca Warriors pray, play for Akeem

 Trinidad and Tobago defender Aubrey David celebrated his 23rd birthday on Friday, but his wishes had nothing to do with him. Instead, the former national youth player offered prayers for his long-time teammate Akeem Adams, who continues to fight for his life in Hungary.

David was with the rest of the national senior team at the Holiday Inn, where they are based in a camp ahead of Tuesday’s friendly international against New Zealand at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, which is being fully supported by the Ministry of Sport and the Sports Company (SPORTT).

Speaking ahead of a late afternoon training session at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar, David, who also represented Guyana in the past, said he was wishing everyday to see Adams again here in T&T.

“Everyday I pray to the Almighty that he can cure Akeem and send him home to us again,” David told TTFA Media. “My wish today was for him to be healed and that God continues to look over him and his family. My second wish is that the country shows support for the cause and rally behind the team for Tuesday’s match and the other matches to come.

“We’ve settled into a nice system under head coach (Stephen) Hart and the players are very eager to play and represent the Red, White and Black. This is about us as a country wanting to turn things around. We are working hard everyday, we are getting support from the Association, but this thing needs the entire country behind it. If you look at the countries who are succeeding on the international stage…it’s taking the efforts of a lot of partners in order for them to reach where they are.”

Meanwhile, TTFA President Raymond Tim Kee said there has been an overwhelming response to the Akeem Adams Heart of a Warrior Foundation T-shirt drive, and that plans are coming along well for the hosting of the match on Tuesday.

“All hands are on deck at this time and the people are rallying their support for this match and for the Heart of a Warrior fund. We are expecting things to pick up even more between now and Tuesday. The Government, through its Ministry of Sport and the Sports Company, are fully behind this match and are working hand in hand with the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association to ensure that all is in place for the event.” —See Pages 58 & 59