Al-Khaleej’s Mo Adams praises ‘incredible’ SPL revolution

Al-Khaleej’s Mo Adams praises ‘incredible’ SPL revolution
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Updated 20 June 2024
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Al-Khaleej’s Mo Adams praises ‘incredible’ SPL revolution

Al-Khaleej’s Mo Adams praises ‘incredible’ SPL revolution
  • Saudi Arabia-born British-raised footballer is latest guest on Arab News’ ‘The Mayman Show’
  • Midfielder, 27, describes journey from early setback at Blackburn Rovers to stints in the US

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia-born British-raised football player Mohammed Adams has praised the “incredible” revolution taking place in Saudi football in his appearance on the latest episode of Arab News’ “The Mayman Show.”

The Al-Khaleej star recalled his journey from the fields of England and the US to the Saudi Pro League.

Adams was set to start his professional career with Blackburn Rovers in England. He took part in a two-week training camp and was offered a professional contract, but a last-minute injury brought an end to his plans.

 

“On a Friday I’m supposed to sign the contract. In training, I’m dribbling down the line, cut the ball back. Some guy smashes my ankle. OK, at that point I’m like, damn, this is painful, I can’t walk,” he said.

“So, at that point it was like, go home, get scanned, and then the club rang me. They said ‘Mo, if you snap four ligaments in your left ankle, you can’t sign the contract.’ So, at that point, I was that close from turning pro, and it just gets snatched at the moment, you know what I’m saying?”

 

The 27-year-old recalled his somber spirits as a result of the setback. “Just honestly, at that point, I kind of wanted to stop playing football because I felt like everything I’d ever worked for was just snatched from me, like, in an instant,” he said.

Adams contemplated taking his efforts to the US since his attempts at turning professional in UK had hit a roadblock. “But even prior to that, like, you know how competitive it is in the UK, you know, if you get released at a certain age, you can’t expect to jump back at that same age or that same level. It’s like a pyramid. You gotta start at the bottom.”

Despite the setback, he continued playing the sport on a part-time basis. “People were working two jobs at the same time. So, it was like I had this little dream, but this wasn’t the right environment for me. So, that’s when I obviously took the step to the US and inspired a lot of people, because I was one of the first people out of the UK.

 

“So, I’d say that was probably like, seeing my actual dream come true and the perseverance that I went through eventually paid off.”

In the US’ Major League Soccer, the 27-year-old enjoyed stints with Chicago Fire, Atlanta United and Inter Miami.

After playing for five years in the US, Adams moved to Al-Shabab in the Kingdom in 2022.

Now at Al-Khaleej, the midfielder is full of praise for the revolution taking place in Saudi football as a result of Vision 2030.

 

 

“It’s incredible, honestly, and I’m honestly blessed to actually be in the Saudi Pro League and even, like, thinking about it —  I came I think in July, and Ronaldo came in December,” he said.

“I was so blessed to come at that time because now to come to Saudi and play in the Saudi league is not easy, man. I got all my friends hitting me up saying ‘yo, what’s the Saudi League like, man? I want to come’.”

The signing of top international players to the Saudi Pro League is more than a marketing strategy, Adam said. “They’re actually able to pull all these world-class players and to see that and to remember like, you know, my debut against Al-Ittihad and then playing against Benzema,” he added.

 

Facing off against top players in the Kingdom is adding “skills and knowledge” to Adams’ game.

“But it has so much potential. And I think people are really starting to tap in and pay attention to what Saudi is doing, not just in the sports sector, but in everything, you know, as a whole.”

 


Saudi crown prince, Russia’s Putin discuss relations 

Saudi crown prince, Russia’s Putin discuss relations 
Updated 18 July 2024
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Saudi crown prince, Russia’s Putin discuss relations 

Saudi crown prince, Russia’s Putin discuss relations 

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has made a call to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Saudi Press Agency said early Thursday.

The pair discussed ways of enhancing bilateral relations in all fields.

The call also reviewed issues of mutual interest.


Saudi crown prince, Iraqi PM discuss relations 

Saudi crown prince, Iraqi PM discuss relations 
Updated 18 July 2024
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Saudi crown prince, Iraqi PM discuss relations 

Saudi crown prince, Iraqi PM discuss relations 

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman made a call on Wednesday to Iraq’s Prime Minister Mohammed Al-Sudani, the Saudi Press Agency said.

The pair discussed ways of enhancing bilateral relations in all fields.

The call also reviewed issues of mutual interest.


Saudi Arabia condemns Israeli strikes on UN school in Gaza

Saudi Arabia condemns Israeli strikes on UN school in Gaza
Updated 17 July 2024
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Saudi Arabia condemns Israeli strikes on UN school in Gaza

Saudi Arabia condemns Israeli strikes on UN school in Gaza

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has condemned Israel’s targeting the UNRWA-run Al-Razi School in Nuseirat camp in Gaza, and Al-Attar area in Khan Yunis, killing dozens and injuring hundreds, the Kingdom’s foreign ministry said.

The statement described the attacks as “a series of repeated violations by the Israeli war machine against defenseless civilians.”

Israeli airstrikes killed more than 60 Palestinians in southern and central Gaza overnight and into Tuesday, including one that struck an Israeli-declared “safe zone” crowded with thousands of displaced people.

Tuesday’s deadliest strike hit a main street lined with market stalls outside the southern city of Khan Younis in Muwasi, at the heart of the zone that is packed with tent camps. Officials at Khan Younis’ Nasser Hospital said 17 people were killed.

Saudi Arabia renewed its categorical rejection of the continuation of Israeli genocidal crimes, and demanded an immediate ceasefire and ensuring the protection of civilians, relief facilities and their workers.

“The Kingdom holds the Israeli occupation forces fully responsible for their continued violation of all international and humanitarian norms and laws,” the statement read.

Saudi Arabia also reiterated the legal, humanitarian and moral responsibility placed on the international community to put an end to these ongoing violations of international law and international legitimacy resolutions by the Israeli forces.

The Kingdom said the failure to do so “not only reflects the inability and weakness of the international community institutions, but also portends consequences that go beyond this crisis and affect the foundations of international legitimacy and credibility, and the extent of our ability to maintain regional and international security and stability in the future.”

-With AP


Saudi crown prince, Macron discuss Gaza, Russia-Ukraine crisis 

Saudi crown prince, Macron discuss Gaza, Russia-Ukraine crisis 
Updated 17 July 2024
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Saudi crown prince, Macron discuss Gaza, Russia-Ukraine crisis 

Saudi crown prince, Macron discuss Gaza, Russia-Ukraine crisis 

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a call on Wednesday from French President Emmanuel Macron, the Saudi Press Agency said.

The call discussed the situation in Gaza and the Russia-Ukraine crisis, in addition to efforts aimed at achieving security and stability.

The pair also reviewed bilateral relations and cooperation, as well as the latest regional and international developments.


Rock inscriptions in Saudi Arabia’s Baha bookmark a historic era

Rock inscriptions in Saudi Arabia’s Baha bookmark a historic era
Updated 17 July 2024
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Rock inscriptions in Saudi Arabia’s Baha bookmark a historic era

Rock inscriptions in Saudi Arabia’s Baha bookmark a historic era
  • Site epitomizes rich cultural tapestry

RIYADH: The “Book Plateau,” in the heart of Saudi Arabia’s Baha region, is drawing visitors from far and wide. Nestled in Baljurashi, the inscribed rock epitomizes the rich cultural tapestry of the area.

Located at the confluence of two streams at the foot of Wadi Khara, this archaeological wonder has been likened to the pages of an open book and earned its name from the old inscriptions adorning its surface, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The carvings are believed to date back some 1,400 years. The site boasts early Islamic inscriptions without diacritical marks, some of which bear the names of the Prophet’s companions and their followers.

There is another rock formation nearby which resembles a palm, bearing different inscriptions. Five graves can be found at the top of Mihras Mountain, two of which are noticeably elevated. While their exact history and occupants remain unknown, it is believed they belong to people who once inhabited the area.

Abdulrahman Al-Ghamdi, director general of the Heritage Authority in Baha, told the SPA that the authority had included the site in the National Antiquities Register following a survey in 2005. The inscriptions, which are etched onto granite rock faces, stand as silent witnesses to the area’s historic importance.

Baha’s summer season is attracting local and international visitors to its heritage villages and historic and archaeological sites.

These attractions have become crucial economic drivers, shaping the national tourism vision in line with the Kingdom’s ambitious goals.

They also showcase the region’s historic legacy for present and future generations.