Ademola Lookman’s tearful youth coach goes viral for reading emotional text live on TV

Ademola Lookman’s tearful youth coach goes viral for reading emotional text live on TV

Ademola Lookman’s youth coach went viral after reading the lengthy message he sent to the star ahead of their Europa League final heroics.

The Nigerian striker scored a hat-trick as Atalanta cruised to a 3-0 victory over previously unbeaten Bayer Leverkusen to win the competition in Dublin.

Lookman is the toast of Atalanta after his heroics in the Europa League finalCredit: Getty

After graduating from Charlton’s youth academy and playing for Everton, Fulham and Leicester in the Premier League, Lookman appears to have found his place in the Italian team after joining the club two years ago.

His hat trick against Bayer Leverkusen took him to 30 goals in 76 games with Atalanta also set to play in the Champions League next season.

One man who has helped the 26-year-old immensely is former London Waterloo youth team coach Felix Emanus, who was invited to the Europa League final.

Speaking to TNT Sports after the game, he drew attention by launching into the lengthy text message he sent to the striker.


Emanus said: “I texted him this morning, I texted most people before every game.

“It says ‘hey, what a great season: qualifying for the Champions League, the Italian Cup final and now the Europa League final.’

“’10 goals last year, 8 assists. This will be a season to remember; Now it’s time to put the icing on the cake. It’s time to give one of those Waterloo performances you used to believe in as a kid and couldn’t be interpreted.

“’Imagination, creativity, aggressive attacking football, calm finishing – you will need all these attributes to become a winner on the night. He plays well my friend. Enjoy. Play the game and not your emotions. God bless you, see you later.’”

The coach of the Lookman reserve team read the extensive message he sent to the playerCredit: @footballontnt

After the interview ended, host Jules Breach jokingly declared, “I haven’t seen a text message that long in a long time!”

But that didn’t detract from an emotional interview in Emanus that spoke of his enormous pride in the heights Lookman reached.

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He said: “I can’t really express my emotions, through the roof. I’ve been dreaming about this for a long time. We’ve been dreaming about this for a long time, since Ade was a boy in Waterloo.

“He is a fantastic player and tonight was a dream come true.

“I cried when the third goal went in and I don’t cry. I’m very happy for Ade, he works very hard. He is a quiet boy, sometimes he is misunderstood because of his calmness but he is a great boy.

“He wants to learn, he wants to improve and he wants to get to the top.

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“He thrives on the big stage, he’s never been afraid of it. Even when we took him to tests, I was more nervous than him and he was just cool and calm and got the job done.

“I have been with him since he was nine years old and he has always wanted to be a footballer. It’s all he ever wanted to do.”