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Akeem caught in ugly feud

Thursday, December 5, 2013

T&T defender Akeem Adams’ relationship with his club, Ferencvarosi, and the Hungarian press is in the balance after the 22-year-old defender was unwittingly dragged into an explosive feud between the top flight Hungarian team and its former 49-year-old Portuguese manager Ricardo Moniz, according to a report on the Wired868 website


On Saturday evening after a 2-1 loss to Pecsi MFC, which was Ferencvarosi’s fourth successive home match without a win, Moniz surprised reporters in the subsequent press conference by accusing Adams’ medical staff of not doing enough for his leg. There are conflicting reports as to whether Moniz suggested Adams’ leg might have been saved from amputation through medication or whether he alleged that its slow healing is due to a medical error.

At present, the former two-time World Youth Cup defender is waiting for his leg to heal properly before he can have a heart transplant. Adams’ left leg was amputated from below the knee on October 8 in his fourth life-saving operation at the Varosmajori Heart Clinic. Ferencvarosi sacked Moniz within 48 hours of his rant against the medical staff. “The board initiated today the termination of Ricardo Moniz’s contract due to the unsuccessful and completely disastrous performance of the last two months,” stated the club website, on Sunday. “In the last eight matches, the team collected only six out of the possible maximum 24 points, which means a 24 per cent performance. Thus, the change in management has proved to be inevitable.” But while Ferencvarosi has said nothing more officially on Moniz’s accusations, its medical staff responded with a stinging counter-attack, which accused the former club manager of signing Adams against medical advice, hiding the player’s family history and fielding him while he was unfit.

In a press release to Hungarian publication, Nemzeti Sport, Ferencvarosi doctors Zsolt Szelid, Panics Gregory and Gabor Reha claimed that Moniz often overruled medical advice on club matters and signed Adams despite an existing thigh and ankle problem. The doctors also claimed that Adams failed five fitness tests during his playing stint with Ferencvarosi, which lasted less than two months. It is worth noting that Ferencvarosi signed Adams and not Moniz. Therefore, if the doctors did recommend that Adams should not be hired, it was the club and not the manager who overruled them.


The doctors’ release did not prove that Moniz knew about the death of Adams’ father, Renwick Adams, before the rest of the staff who learned more about the player’s family history when his mother, Ancilla Dick, travelled to Budapest in late September. It was understood that Renwick Adams died, three years ago, at the age of 51 from a stroke and not a heart attack as stated in the Hungarian press. Heart problems can sometimes lead to a stroke but it is not certain if that happened in his case. Adams’ mother and brother, Akini Adams, have been generously helped by Ferencvarosi during their stay in Budapest.


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