The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO RESULTS - By Joshua Peck

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

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