EX-GOAL KING ADE SIGNS FOR MEN UNITED!
TALKING about football down the pub is something that goes hand in hand for a lot of people, but Ade Akinbiyi is hoping another topic can be added to the list of conversations.
The ex-Gillingham and Wolves striker is an ambassador of Prostate Cancer UK and is trying to get men talking about their health through the Men United campaign.
The 40-year-old knows it’s a sensitive issue, but with the Football League already playing a key role into raising awareness, Akinbiyi wants to use his personal tragedy as inspiration.
He said: “A lot of people don’t speak about the illness which is why I am doing the awareness. My father passed away from prostate cancer without telling me he was suffering from it. I only found out when I saw the death certificate.
“That just shows how unwilling men are to talk about their health and it’s something men don’t communicate with their friends. They talk a lot about football and sport in general but health really is something that needs to be a priority.
“Football is a brilliant target to help men. Men love their football so it’s a perfect place to grab their attention. We need to continue raising awareness and that is what I want to do. Football is my love but I can’t do that forever.”
TALKER: Ade Akinbiyi