A long way from Old Meads to Brazil for Albert Adomah
Former Old Meadonians top goal scorer Albert Adomah is Brazil bound after earning a place in the Ghana World Cup squad.
Old Meadonians football club was jubilant today after hearing of his success and said that Albert had continued to keep in touch with them despite his global success and had texted them shortly after he heard the good news himself.
"The Club is very proud of Albert and what he has achieved since leaving and becoming a professional footballer, moving on from us to play for Barnet, Bristol City and now playing for Middlesbourgh football club in the Championship", said Rory Vermeulen OMFC 1st Team Manager.
"Having played for Ghana in the African Nation Cup last year he has now been picked for the national squad to go to Brazil and compete in the World Cup, which considering he was playing in Chiswick only 7 years ago must be a dream come true.
"He still keeps in contact with the club donating football boots and signed shirts for a coaching trip to Malawi last year by OMFC coach Paul Rumley and a number of the 1st team players," he added. A delighted Albert texted Paul Rumley, Old Meadonians' joint coach, to say that he had been selected for the Ghana squad for the World Cup in Brazil.
Coach Kwesi Appiah confirmed that the winger had won his seat on the plane to South America following Adomah's performance in last weekend's friendly against Holland in Rotterdam.
Albert played for Old Meads as a teenager in the Amateur Football Combination beginning in their fourth team before achieving the heady heights of the firsts. He helped the side go through the 2005/6 season unbeaten in open play.
Rory Vermeulen, Meads' joint coach and Albert's mentor, together with Paul Rumley, commented on the young footballer;'Albert Adomah is a lovely young man, always wanting to listen and learn. With his natural talent he was bound to go far and the whole club is proud of his achievements."
Albert scores for Old Meads
Old Meads said: " Albert’s advancement underlines the club’s policy of encouraging youngsters to play football by putting them in a lower team with their mates, allowing them to become integrated in the club as a whole and to progress up the club when they are confident enough to do so. A double legacy of Albert’s time with Meads is that he still has a large coterie of young friends in the club and honours his debt to the club and to joint coaches Paul Rumley and Rory Vermeulen: whenever he has had an advancement in his career, after phoning his family first he always phones the Old Meadonians’ coaches."
Albert playing for his country
Congratulated by team mates after scoring for Old Meads
Albert has been given the prestigious number 10 shirt in his country's squad which was previously worn by Ghanaian legend Abedi Pele.
Coach Appiah’s final squad includes 16 players contesting their first World Cup, but captain Asamoah Gyan and Sulley Muntari are preparing for their third finals and five others are contesting their second. Ghana travel to Miami for the final stages of their build up to Brazil, with one more friendly to come against fellow finalists South Korea on June 9.
Their World Cup Group G campaign kicks off against the United States on June 16th, before meetings with Germany and Portugal.
June 4, 2014