‘I was told Akumu is good for Basketball’


To be where he is today, Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Anthony Akumu has had to prove wrong some critics.

Like his body structure, the 27-year-old from Kenya has had to stand tall and show what he could do to eventually make it to Naturena, via Zambia, where he starred for Zesco United.

FARPost had an interesting chat with former Kenya coach Adel Amrouche and the Belgian revealed Akumu’s difficulties when the latter played for Gor Mahia between 2010 and 2015.

“Yes when I was in Kenya the coaches at Gor Mahia club didn’t trust him… he was on the bench or sometimes played as a striker,” recalled Amrouche, who coached the ‘Harambee Stars’ from 2013 – 2014.

“One day I asked his coach why wasn’t he giving Akumu a chance and that coach told me he is good for Basketball,” Amrouche said.

Amrouche with Akumu when the two worked together in the Kenyan national team.

“And when I gave Akumu a chance to play in the national team behind Victor Wanyama all people saw the value of Akumu. I’m one who put him in that position – he is like Patrick Vieira.”

Amrouche with Victor Wanyama.

It’s Amrouche’s firm belief that Akumu is going to be a success at Chiefs.

“If they give him tasks in his position he can be famous. He is a soldier and very serious (about football),” added Amrouche.

Akumu has made four appearances for Amakhosi since arriving at the club in January this year.

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By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

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