TRIBUTES have been paid to 'encouraging and generous' football coach, Kemi Adamson.

Kemi coached and played for a number of clubs in the Amman Valley and was loved and respected by everyone he came into contact with.

Most recently, he was a coach for Cwmamman United under 12's, having previously played for the Blues.

He had previously helped out coaching at Ammanford and Drefach Juniors as well.

Kemi suddenly passed away on Friday.

Rob Griffiths, on behalf of Cwmamman United paid tribute to Kemi.

He said: "We are all devastated.

"Kemi will be missed by so many people; the children he has coached, the colleagues he played alongside and all of his friends.

"He never said no to helping out and always did it with a smile on his face, a chuckle and encouraging words of advice.

"Two of his lovely children play for our junior sides and our thoughts are with his wife Cherie, the children and his family.

"We will look to help them in whatever way we can."

The announcement of Kemi's passing generated hundreds of tributes on social media, where people mentioned his gentleness, enthusiasm, humour and kindness.

Following the announcement, it was confirmed that the scheduled game between Cwmamman United and Ammanford, two clubs Kemi had a great connection with, would be postponed, along with all other Cwmamman United fixtures on the weekend.

A spokesman for Ammanford AFC said: "We are devastated to hear of the passing of Kemi Adamson. Our condolences got to his family and all who knew him."

Kemi was 45, and his survived by his wife Cherie and his five children.