Day: January 3, 2019

Promising Young Footballer In Court Over New Year’s Day Assault

A 23 year old has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm by detectives investigating an assault on a woman in Clapham High Street on New Year’s Day at

Andrew Akingbaje, 23 (02.03.1995) of Poplar Road, Brixton, has also been charged with two counts of assault by beating against two other women alleged to have taken place during the same incident.

He will appear in custody at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court on 3 January.

The vicious and shocking New Year’s day attack happened outside the club, which had hosted an event called ‘Galaxy Gala 2019 – New Year’s Eve at Lotus’, with tickets costing up to £40.

Akingbaje repeatedly punched and threw his victim, Krystal Mission to the ground in
the violence which was one of several separate incidents in London on New Year’s Day, which also saw a bouncer for a party at a Mayfair townhouse stabbed to death.

In a night of bloodshed, a woman in her early thirties was also killed at a home in Camberwell, south London, in an unrelated stabbing.

The two unrelated murders followed London’s deadliest year in a decade, which saw 134 killings recorded by Scotland Yard, including 24 victims aged up to 19

Past History

Akingbaje was a PROMISING young footballer whose career was cut short after he was jailed for selling drugs as a 19 year old teenager in 2014. He would take the train down from London and peddle crack cocaine and heroin to users on the streets of Southsea.

He set up shop at the home of ‘vulnerable’ local Martin Beech in Harrow Road and would advertise his drugs on a BlackBerry on his journey down. He was jailed for two years and six months in a young offenders’ institution.

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WATCH FOOTAGE OF THE ATTACK HERE

Promising football career (2016)

Former Tottenham Hotspur prospect Andrew Akingbaje, 21, is set to join Accrington Stanley for pre-season when they return from their summer break.

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Andrew, who plays left or right wing, caught the eye of PFSA Founder David Hobson at our trials last year, who has since been able to arrange various opportunities for him.

After joining Peckham Town in February, he went on to score 10 goals in less than four months with the Kent County League side, in a bid to keep his fitness up ahead of trials next season.

“I’m thankful to everyone at Peckham for giving me the chance and taking me in,” said Andrew, “It was a great opportunity for me to keep match fit and score some goals.”

Despite now doing well for himself, Andrew hasn’t always been the model footballer and was released from Spurs after two seasons due to his code of conduct.

“I was young and had a poor attitude,” he said, “I used to turn up late to matches and to training, I thought I’d made it already. If I could go back and have my time again I’d definitely do things differently.”

But since attending UK Football Trials, he’s managed to turn his football career around, with the support of his family and David Hobson.

He said: “David has been amazing for me. He has been a mentor, a coach and has made an impact on my football in a massive way and I’m grateful for that.

“Obviously the support from my family has been huge as well, their support is massive and they have been a big influence on me.”

He added, “You know, sometimes you wake up in the morning and you don’t feel like training or you don’t feel like playing, but they don’t let you forget that they are there and I have to go and do it for them.”

Andrew has also received interest from Charlton Athletic, who will monitor the situation with Accrington before deciding on their next move.

UK Football Trials

Looks like all those huge opportunities are just gone to waste.

WATCH FOOTAGE OF THE ATTACK HERE