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‘My last kick of a ball was at Wembley’: Akinfenwa ends 22-year career as Wycombe lose playoff final

‘My last kick ball was at Wembley’: Akinfenwa ends his ‘blessed’ 22-year career as Wycombe failed to secure promotion to Sunderland after a 2-0 defeat in the League One playoff final

  • Adebayo Akinfenwa ends his 22-year career after losing at Wembley
  • Sunderland beat Akinfenwa’s team 2-0 and achieved promotion to the Championship
  • The striker said he wanted it to end differently, but admitted he was ‘blessed’
  • Akinfenwa is confident that Wycombe will respond successfully next season

Wycombe striker Adebayo Akinfenwa vowed to celebrate his fruitful career despite losing their last match 2-0 in the League One playoff final against Sunderland at Wembley.

The 40-year-old expected a fairytale ending to his 22-year career by helping Wycombe secure promotion to the Championship, but he was still able to see the positives after the game.

“I’ve been blessed: my last kick was at Wembley,” Akinfenwa said. sky sports.

The forward began his career at FK Atlantas in 2001 before moving to Boston United in 2003.

The forward began his career at FK Atlantas in 2001 before moving to Boston United in 2003.

‘I wanted it to end differently. Sunderland were the better team that day and sometimes that happens in football.

“But I will celebrate the achievement of getting here, I will celebrate the achievement of becoming a professional footballer.”

Akinfenwa, who joined Wycombe in 2016 and has made more than 200 appearances for the club, felt he and his team-mates should look back on their season with pride despite stumbling over the final hurdle.

“I’m proud of the boys,” he said. ‘I am proud of this team.

‘I thanked each and every one of them for allowing me to be a part of this journey.

“They will be back next season and they will be successful.”

Adebayo Akinfenwa has scored more than 50 goals for Wycombe after six years at the club

Adebayo Akinfenwa has scored more than 50 goals for Wycombe after six years at the club

Goals from Elliot Embleton and Ross Stewart denied Wycombe a return to the Championship

Goals from Elliot Embleton and Ross Stewart denied Wycombe a return to the Championship

After graduating through Watford’s youth setup, Akinfenwa joined Lithuanian national team FK Atlantas in 2001 before briefly moving to Welsh club Barry Town a year later.

The target man’s first season in England at senior level came in 2002 at Boston United.

After a successful and entertaining 22-year career, representing clubs like Swansea, Millwall, Northampton and Gillingham to name a few, Akinfenwa feels now is the perfect time to call it a day.

The 40-year-old was proud of Ryan Tafazolli (right) and his team despite the 2-0 loss

The 40-year-old was proud of Ryan Tafazolli (right) and his team despite the 2-0 loss

He said: ‘That’s it, it’s made for me. My knees have been screaming for 15 months.

‘I always wanted to leave the game on my terms. I could have left in a better way, we could have won, but other than that I think this is the second best way to leave the game. At Wembley.

When asked what’s next, Akinfenwa simply replied with a smile: ‘The world. I am looking to conquer the world.’

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