Tuesday 14 July 2020
I wrote – Menna Omar:
“Hello, old man, congratulations … you did well and achieved a great victory. Even in such western times I hope you celebrate wonderfully.” With those words, Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp congratulated player Adebayo Akinfenau, striker Wycombe Wanderers, who helped qualify his team. To the English Football League.
Wycombe met his Oxford United counterpart at Wembley Stadium in the Ascending Supplement final on Monday, and the Akinfenau companions won 2-1; For the team to rise to the second division for the first time .. Who is Akinfenwa who received the club’s congratulations and what is his story?
Akinfinwa, a 38-year-old English football player with Nigerian roots, was known for his physical and structural strength, some even believed that his body was not allowed to play football, but he managed to prove the opposite and scored many goals despite appearing in the lights league.
He started his football career with the English club Watford (under 18 years old), fought professional experiences in underground clubs and misfortunes in England or abroad.
The most prominent club he played was Swansea City, who moved to his ranks at the beginning of the 2005/2006 season, and he was active in the first division at the time, as well as Millwall and Northampton Town, who played with his shirt 187 games (he scored 74 goals and made 27 assists). The most played club for the English striker.
While at Wimbledon (between July 2014 to July 2016), he participated in his first seasons with his team in a match against Liverpool, “the team that encourages him” in the third round of the FA Cup 2014/2015 season.
The Reds were under the leadership of Brendan Rodgers, and the Reds won the match with two goals to one, and fortunately the opponent’s goal went to Akinfenoa; To attract the lights towards him.
“After the match, Gerard threw his shirt to the fans as I tried to get him, but he promised me to give another shirt that he kept in the dressing room,” Akinfinwa said in comments highlighted by the British newspaper Mirror.
He added, “I waited for him eagerly, and informed my team mates that Gerrard’s shirt would be my share, and if he had not kept his promise with me, I would have pursued him in order to get him and take a memorial photo.”
The 38-year-old also played against Chelsea, but in a friendly match attended by Egyptian international Mohamed Salah and won by Blues 3-2, and after the match, the Daily Mail and Mirror newspapers called him “the player with the strongest physical structure in the world”.
Akinfenoa had another shot in which he showed his encouragement and love for Liverpool, during the 2018 UEFA Champions League final and after Salah hit the Reds player with a dislocated shoulder after a strong engagement with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, the attacker “The Beast” appeared during a video clip, during which he sent a message to the Spanish player and said: “You are lucky that I will not play against you; because I will never participate in the Champions League, but if you participate this is what I will do with you.”