Football is temporary but faith is eternal, Wycombe Wanderers’ Adebayo Akinfenwa has said.
The experienced striker revealed how important faith is in his life and for the Championship side, with many of the players praying together before games and ensuring that they support each other through good times and bad.
“There’s a strong faith that runs through the Wycombe changing room and it’s nice to be able to discuss that with your peers,” Akinfenwa told TalkSport.
Recalling the famous moment fellow Wycombe striker and Christian Alex Samuel knelt beside him in prayer on the Wembley turf after the side were promoted to the Championship following a hard-fought victory against Oxford, Akinfenwa said it will always remain a “special” memory.
“That moment with me and Alex Samuel is something that will hold itself in such high regard for myself,” he said. “It wasn’t something that was planned whatsoever.
“I went off to give thanks [to God] by myself and then I felt his hand on my shoulder. It was a special moment.”
Akinfenwa, who is nicknamed ‘the Beast’ due to his hulking physique, credited his faith for the major role it has played in him reaching the “pinnacle” of his career – playing Championship football.
“You start getting older and think to yourself, maybe I won’t get to the Championship, but I’ve got there at 38 and trust me, I’m going to enjoy it,” he said.
“My faith has played as big a role as the ability has taken me,” Akinfenwa said, contemplating the journey he has taken to reach this goal.
“Football is temporary. One day it will come to an end and I’ll have to hang up my boots, but my faith is with me for eternal.
“When there’s been good moments and when there’s been bad moments, my faith has always been there.
“My life is testament to that, in the sense that at the age of 38 I reached the pinnacle of my career and that’s down to my faith and belief.”
Picture: Adebayo Akinfenwa. (Rob Crane/Wikimedia Commons).