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Steede still a source of inspiration

Nahki Wells will kiss the tattoo on his left wrist bearing the name of Tumaini Steede when he walks out at Wembley today.

Wells and Steede, who lost his life in a motorbike accident at the age of 22, were best friends and considered the two best young footballers in Bermuda as teenagers.

The tattoo is a source of inspiration for Wells whose Huddersfield Town face Reading in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final today.

“The loss of my best friend is a big motivation for me,” Wells told the Sunday Mirror.

“Tumaini was a competitor of mine — when we were ­growing up, we were seen as the best two young players in Bermuda — but, as we pushed ourselves, we also developed a really strong friendship.

“He also had the potential, just like me, to get this far in football, but then he lost his life in a bike accident in 2012.

“And, from that moment, I have always been proud to say that I am not just representing myself and my family, I am also representing Tumaini and his family.

“I will think about him at Wembley, as I do before every game. I have his name tattooed on my wrist and he is also the angel on my shoulder.

“I feel like I have lived out the dreams both he and I always had — hopefully, I can do his memory proud.”

Wells paid tribute to Steede after scoring against Aston Villa in the League Cup semi-final first leg in 2013, lifting his Bradford City jersey to reveal a T-shirt reading “RIP Tumaini”.

He also wore a pair of boots with Steede's name and jersey number (10) and dedicated the 2012-13 season to the memory of his late friend.

Steede, the son of Cyril “Dago” Steede, the former Cougars and Bermuda midfielder, was named the Bermuda Football Association's Young Player of the Year for 2010-2011.

Never forgotten: Wells lifts up his jersey to show a T-shirt reading “RIP Tumaini”

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Published May 29, 2017 at 9:00 am (Updated May 29, 2017 at 2:34 am)

Steede still a source of inspiration

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