Sam Adekugbe

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Sam is a Canadian professional soccer player who plays as a left back for Vålerenga in the Norwegian Eliteserien. A two-way defender, Sam was born in London, England, and grew up in Manchester until his family moved to Calgary, Alberta when he was nine. He joined the Whitecaps Residency program when he was 16 years old and won the 2015 Amway Canadian Championship with the team, the club's first Voyageur's Cup.

Sam entered the youth ranks for his country in 2012 and represented the Canadians at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in 2015. In the same year he also made his debut for the Canadian national team in a World Cup qualifier against Belize on Sept. 8, 2015. In 2016, Sam spent the second half of the year on loan with Brighton & Hove Albion in the English Championship, and scored his first professional goal in a League Cup victory over Oxford United.

Why KidSport? Sam and his  brother Elijah of Calvary FC are both beneficiaries of KidSport which financially assisted us to experience the game we love, and without KidSport, it may have been challenging to achieve. Now, it is only proper to represent the organization that invested in us and removed the financial barriers that otherwise would have prevented us from playing soccer.