Coventry City and England U20 international, Kwame Thomas: “Jesus is the source of my success”

Coventry City and England U20 international, Kwame Thomas spoke with us here at Cross The Line about how his career in football is unfolding and why he wants to give thanks to God.

So Kwame was there a footballer that you aspired to be like when you were growing up?

Growing up I’ve always supported Arsenal, so the player I always aspired to be like was Thierry Henry as he was so confident in everything he did and the amount of goals he scored.

What was the highlight of your time with Derby County?

My highlight from the time I spent at Derby was making my first team debut against Leeds United, it’s a moment which I’ll never forget and was the start of my professional career.

Tell us a bit of your testimony, how did you come to know God for yourself?

I’ve grew up in a Christian family and have been going to church ever since I was a baby, my granddad is a pastor and owns a church called the ‘Full Gospel Revival Centre’ in Nottingham so God has always been made known to me from young and continued as I’ve aged.

Who would be your dream strike partner in world football and why?

Again, I’d have to say my dream strike partner would be Thierry Henry, I reckon he’d have the main attention from the defenders so I could sneak in a grab some goals!

Have you had any positive chats about God with team mates before?

Yes I’ve had chats with other footballers regarding God, mostly I speak regularly with Offrande Zanzala who plays for Derby County. We went to school together and played together at Derby and with us both being Christians we’ve always had deep conversations regarding God and the Christian path of life in general.

You are working your way up the England ranks from U16 level, what’s been your highlight so far?

My highlight with the England setup was scoring my first goal for them with the under 20s vs Romania but close by has to be my England debut in general which was for the under 16s vs Scotland.

Talk us through your recent move to Coventry City.

After leaving Derby I was looking for a new club in the summer, I had contact with a few teams with one being Coventry in which I had my former u21 coach Lee Glover there who is now at Peterborough and my coach when I was at England, Jamie Clapham. For me I knew they were a big club historically and a club that most definitely isn’t a League One club. I also know that player will get their chance there at some point, so when the offer to go was there I was more than happy to join and I hope when I get fit I can stay fit and get in the team and be a success God willing.

What’s your typical celebration when you score a goal?

A typical celebration for me is pointing up to the sky to give God thanks and then probably going to thank my team mate who set me up!

Does the hectic football schedule make it difficult to get stuck into a local church?

Like I said before the main church I attend is my granddads, and if there are a lot of games and training then sometimes I can’t attend but have people I speak to for notes of what was spoken about in service. But whenever I’m off and can attend then I’m there when I can be on a Sunday.

Do you see your footballing ability as a gift from God?

I most definitely see my footballing ability as a gift from God, and something I am blessed to be able to do day in day out as it is something that I love and enjoy. But I most certainly know that wherever I go with football or in life that Jesus is the source and the reason for my success so far and in the future.

Is being a professional footballer as good as it seems?

I would say being a professional footballer is harder than it seems, it’s an emotional roller-coaster with ups and downs. Personally, I’ve had injuries which I currently have at the moment which is hard to deal with but the fact I believe in God helps as I know it’s God’s plan for me. But overall being a professional footballer is just as good as it seems and it’s a blessing just to have the opportunity to play and be a footballer.

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