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Sportt Company vows to clear debt to Akeem Adams’ family within a week

The family of deceased former Trinidad and Tobago footballer Akeem Adams might finally be able to put aside any lingering ill-will over an unfulfilled Government pledge to meet the funeral costs for their son.

Acting Sportt Company CEO Adrian Raymond said today the lingering $98,000 debt to Adams’ family will be met before the end of next week.

Photo: Akeem Adams (left) represented Trinidad and Tobago at two World Youth Cup tournaments.
Photo: Akeem Adams (left) represented Trinidad and Tobago at two World Youth Cup tournaments.

“Having had the discussions with the PS (Richard Oliver), (Adams’ mother Ancilla Dick) can expect some relief before the end of the next week,” Raymond told Wired868. “I think it is the mother mainly who was owed and, yes, we will meet the full amount.”

The Ministry of Sport’s decision came within a few hours of a Wired868 article which highlighted the extent of the lingering debt.

Former Sport Minister Anil Roberts promised to pick up all Adams’ funeral expenses in January 2013. Adams, a two-time World Youth Cup player for Trinidad and Tobago, was employed by Hungarian club Ferencvaros at the time of his passing on 30 December 2013 after he failed to recover from a massive heart attack.

Raymond did not offer a direct explanation as to why it took this long for the Ministry of Sport to act upon its word.

“I can’t speak to what caused the delay but I know the ministry was going through a lot of issues that might have distracted things,” said Raymond, who did not hold his current post at the time of Adams’ funeral. “But now that the issue has been highlighted, the main thing is to deal with it quickly. I don’t know if the family has been contacted yet but the PS is treating it as urgent.

“We were working on other things to get the money to her before this but we are now going with the quickest possible solution.”

Hopefully, it will be a case of better late than never for the Adams family.

Photo: Ferencvaros paid glowing tributes to Akeem Adams although the Trinidadian only represented the club for a month and a half.
Photo: Ferencvaros paid glowing tributes to Akeem Adams although the Trinidadian only represented the club for a month and a half.

On Sunday January 4, friends and well wishers of the former football starlet will hold an inaugural memorial match in his honour from 3.30 pm at the Mahaica Oval in Point Fortin.

The match pits an Akeem Adams XI against local Pro League outfit, Point Fortin Civic, and all proceeds from the $20 entrance fee will go to a scholarship in Adams’ name, which will help one Point Fortin student every year to offset costs—accommodation or otherwise—for his or her university education.

The event will be organised by Dion Sosa, Adams’ former local agent, and former national football team administrators, Cheryl Abraham and Chris De Silva.

Players expected to take part are current senior Trinidad and Tobago internationals Aubrey David, Leston Paul and Marvin Phillip as well as Adams’ former World Youth Cup teammates, Qian Grosvenor, Sean De Silva, Jean-Luc Rochford and Mekeil Williams and his brother, Akini Adams, who is a goalkeeper with Civic.

About Lasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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14 comments

  1. This is such a shame . Please fulfil your promise so this family can find some form of closure and this child can Rest In Peace.

  2. Lol its funny because over and over they getting away with this corrupt shit. the citizens of Trinidad are cowards

  3. Why is the Top Cop not actively pursuing the massive corruption in the Sportt company?

  4. She was too busy giving away money buying votes.

  5. They actually said that?!! They have no shame!!! They should stay quiet, clear the debt and pay the family some hush money. Then again, money and wealth is only for them and not peasants like the decease’s family…

  6. Yuh see how they could only respond after being shamed PUBLICLY!

  7. elections gimmick, to cover up the money the giving the family of the 3 year old thats all why i took so long

  8. The situation remains the same. This vow is just what the family has held on to since his death. Let’s wait and see.

  9. Quoting Anil BIG FAT WET LOUD STEUPS.

  10. They only paying because lasana loud dem up. In this country it’s no action until you burn tires or get catch on video

  11. Quoting Anil Big Fat Wet Steups

  12. A week??? Gimme a break. Shame!!!

  13. I look forward to this being finalised. Good grief!