Speaking to a team of reporters upon his second arrival to the country on Saturday, September 12, 2020, Akeem Smith, said his greatest hope and aspiration is to play for his native side, the Lonestar rather than America, where he has been since he was a kid. Akeem, 23, is of the belief that he will be loved and respected by Liberians if he plays for Liberia. “Everybody wants to play where he/she will be loved and respected. I feel I will be loved and respected by my people if I play for my homeland,” he stated.
“Everything is fine to play for your country. Everything is not about the big name, but love. Liberia is more of a home –where my parents came from. I want to take my country forward,” Akeem pointed out. The Liberian star, who is due to seal a contract in Turkey, disclosed that he has been in contact with some current players of the national team, and has seen great prospect for the future of Liberian football from those discussions.
Having extensively followed the excellent playing career of Liberia’s President George Manneh Weah, the Liberian lad said he sees the President as his role model, who has exhibited high level of patriotism to play for his country amid opportunities from bigger countries.
It could be recalled that Akeem, during the heat of the coronavirus disease or covid-19, provided several bags of rice to some underprivileged Liberians across Montserrado County with a caveat that they remain in strict adherence with the health protocols.
Commenting on that gesture, he added: “I did so because I feel it was the best time to help. Many people were not working and so it was the right time.”