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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, January 18, 2014
Even in death the life of fallen national
footballer Akeem Adams continues to inspire,
as manager of the T&T Football Association
(TTFA) David Muhammad wants to take his
life story into the "ghettos" in hope of trans-
forming wayward youths.
Hundreds braved the heavy rains under
tents at the Mahaica Oval, Point Fortin, yes-
terday to say farewell to Adams, in a place
where he entertained many of them during
his teenage years. In a tribute, Mohammed,
who was manager of the men s national team
in 2008, when Adams made his debut, said
Adams s story could inspire change among
young men in society "who are going to hell."
"I m going to take the story of Akeem Adams
into the ghettos, let the young men know that
you don t have to pick up a gun, you don t
have to take drugs or you don t have to smoke
marijuana. You can dedicate yourself to a cause
and you can become one of the greatest in
the world," Muhammad said.
"Look at where you live, T&T, a tiny island
where youths just like Akeem kill each other
every single day because they have no voice,
no belief, no faith, no trust, no confidence in
themselves nor in God.
"Akeem Adams at 16 years old, could show
and demonstrate the perfect example of a
young man for all of those youths who have
lost hope, that they can do something great.
If we are disciplined enough in our grief to
examine the lesson in this great loss, we could
use that inspiration in a story to inspire all of
the young men in Morvant, Laventille,
Beetham, Sea Lots and east Port-of-Spain
who have machine guns, pistols and are traf-
ficking and selling drugs and cocaine on a
Muhammad said within many criminal
gangs, there were talented footballers without
hope because society had failed them.
While cheers rang out for each honour that
was bestowed upon Adams, for his mother
Ancilla Dick, the grief of burying a son, less
than three years after her husband died, could
not have been easy. Yet the mother of two
stood bravely while delivering the eulogy and
told of the last three months her family had
shared at the Varosmajori Heart Clinic in
Budapest, Hungary, where Akeem was hos-
pitalised after suffering a cardiac arrest.
With her elder son Akini embracing her,
Dick said, "Akeem was fun and loving to be
around. He loved children and they would
always surround him. Akeem was always a
special and gifted child and he has done so
much for this country. I am proud and I thank
God for giving me a graceful child.
"I have a joy in my heart that I am burying
my son today. I know he is in the hands of
the Lord, he is on a golden field with a golden
ball and a golden goal.
"He focused on his goal and he was brought
up with good manners and respect, and we
as parents ought to instill that in our children."
For many in the sporting fraternity, Adams s
death was a great loss to national football. He
made his senior debut at 16 on March 19,
2008 against El Salvador at the Marvin Lee
Stadium in Macoya, and played among the
likes of Dwight Yorke, Russell Latapy, Carlos
Edwards, Kenwyne Jones, Dennis Lawrence
and Clayton Ince.
Honours were plentiful for Adams. His coffin
was draped with the flags of T&T and Fer-
encvaros TC. His brother Akini spent the
earlier part of the service collecting honours
such as team jerseys from Adams s former
clubs Central FC and his alma mater Presen-
tation College and a plaque from the T&T
Tributes also came from national footballer
and managing director of Central FC Brent
Sancho, operations manager Kevin Harrison,
assistant coach at W Connection Earl Jean,
La Brea MP Fitzgerald Jeffrey and Point Fortin
MP Paula Gopee-Scoon.
After the service, a procession was led from
Mahaica Oval to the Point Fortin Cemetery,
where he was laid to rest.
T&T bids farewell to Akeem
WI selectors to reveal selection policy
West Indies cricket team selec-
tors, under the gun over the years
for a number of choices they have
made in selecting the regional
teams, will soon reveal their
selection policy to the Caribbean.
This was the word from CEO
of the West Indies Cricket Board
(WICB) Michael Muirhead.
Muirhead told the T&T
Guardian that the selectors go on
the talent they have to work with
and make their decisions, but
admitted that sometimes the
selections are puzzling to the pop-
He said as a result of the fans
responses to some of the team
selections, the board may have to
look at a transparent process which
will let the West Indies public in
on how the teams are chosen.
"We are more and more thinking
in the direction of getting the
selectors to reveal their selection
policy to people, so they could
understand how they come up
with certain teams," Muirhad said.
in this room right now and we
name a best West Indies team, I
would be very surprised if we had
two people coming up with the
"A lot of the time when we look
at our team, we think that it was
probably not the best team, but a
lot of the time we make that call
He added, "I am not here to
defend the selectors, but what I
can tell you is that they do the
best job that they can do."
Fans must be in loop
The furore over the selectors
choices again developed after the
Windies recent humiliation at the
hands of the lowly placed New
Zealand. The team lost the test
series and T-20-series 2-0 and
tied the ODI series 2-2.
The fans, however, were often
disappointed with the team s per-
formances in the field, where some
players clearly showed they were
out of depth.
But Muirhead said the issue of
team selection was not a recent
"We will not all agree with the
teams they pick and this has been
happening ever since," he said.
"However, we think that we
have to now let the people know
what we look for and what are the
requirements for selection so they
can understand the selections.
"Sometimes, the selectors would
choose a team and pick the players
at the time of selection who are
performing well, and they then go
out there and do not perform and
the selectors get the stick.
"It is a thankless job, but we are
looking to get the fans understand
the policy a lot more as we move
Schools' Water Polo League begins
Competition in the First Citizens
National Secondary Schools Water
Polo League 2014 begins today at
the Flying Fish Swim Pool in Fed-
eration Park, Long Circular Road,
St James, from 6 pm.
That s where the male form one
team from St Anthony s College will
take on a Combined Team which
would represent a merger between
Trinity College and St Joseph Col-
This year s league competition
would mark the return of Trinity Col-
lege in Moka, Maraval, after a long
absence and the debut of St Joseph
College in St Joseph.
Being unable to field the required
number of athletes the latter teams
engaged in the necessary tie-up.
Ninety minutes later, the form one
boys from Queen s Royal College with
meet St Mary s College.
This was announced at yesterday s
launch of the league at the First Cit-
izens Hospitality Suite held at the
Queen s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain.
Bevon Agard, youth team repre-
sentative at Royhil Seals Water Polo
Club said, "Our country needs its
upcoming son and daughters, much
like others T&T sportsmen before
you, to bring pride to our shores.
There are too many examples in our
country where the importance of hard
work, commitment and honour seems
to be lost. Therefore, we challenge
you to pursue this course and demon-
strate an uncompromising commit-
ment to integrity."
Rosemary Alves, corporate manager,
group operations and process
improvement at First Citizens said,
"As in previous years, First Citizens
is pleased to be a sponsor of this sport
that continues to grow from strength
to strength. We firmly believe that
sport is a fundamental tool which
contributes to the education and
development of our youth, as well as
the promotion of healthy lifestyles,
hence our continued support."
Adams, 22, played at W Connection,
T&TEC SC, United Petrotrin and Central
FC, before signing with Hungarian club
Ferencvaros TC early last year.
On September 25, he suffered a heart
attack which led to his left leg being
amputated on October 8. So severe was
the damage to his heart that his doctor
deemed that he was not strong enough
for the transplant needed to keep him
He died at the Varosmajori Heart Clinic,
Budapest, Hungary on December 30, after
suffering a stroke and falling into a coma.
HOW ADAMS DIED
Family members show emotions during Akeem Adams' funeral. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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