Simon Adingra: Brighton and Ivory Coast Star Makes Generous Donation to Youth Club in Benin

Simon Adingra: Brighton and Ivory Coast Star Makes Generous Donation to Youth Club in Benin

Lukman Mumuni
updated at June 22, 2024 at 10:56 AM
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  • Ivory Coast winger Simon Adingra has donated to the team that nurtured him in Benin
  • The Brighton star is back in Africa after a good season in the English Premier League
  • Adingra also helped the Ivory Coast win the Africa Cup of Nations early this year

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Simon Adingra returned to Benin to make a generous donation to the club that rescued his career as a young kid from Ivory Coast.

The Brighton and Hove Albion star visited Abi Star on Friday after an outstanding campaign in Europe and with the national team of Ivory Coast.

Adingra played a huge role as the Elephants won their third Africa Cup of Nations title on home soil after beating the Super Eagles of Nigeria in the final. He provided the assists to both of Ivory Coast's goals.

Simon Adingra, Abi Sport FC, Benin, Brighton, Ivory Coast, England.
Simon Adingra presented sportswear and equipment to Abi Sport FC of Benin. Photo Credit: Abi Sport FC.
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The former Right to Dream Academy graduate also starred for Brighton in the Premier League as they ended the season in 10th place.

In photos shared on social media, Adingra was spotted with the players and managers of Abi Stars as he donated sportswear and some cash to the team.

“A few years ago, I was in your shoes. Today thank God I am on another level. You can get there too. You have to work again and again and pray to God. One day it will be your turn,” Adingra told the young players, as quoted by the club's website.

Receiving the items on behalf of the club was the club's president Mr Wilfrid Sourou, who thanked the winger for his generous gesture.

“We are doubly honoured. An African champion who visits us and with his arms full to boot, it is an honour done to Abi Sport. We are happy and delighted,” he said.

The 22-year-old is expected to return to Ivory Coast to continue his holidays before pre-season begins next month under new manager Fabian Hurzeler, who replaced Roberto de Zerbi, as reported by the BBC.

Adingra funds surgery of Ghanaian girl

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Brighton and Hove Albion forward, Adingra, paid for the surgery of a young Ghanaian girl whose leg was amputated following a fatal accident.

The five-year-old girl, known as Patience, survived an accident with her mother while travelling in 2021.

The young girl's story went viral after Ghanaian social media influence and philanthropist, Nana Tea, shared the news online.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.