Middendorp says is unfair to “assess” Akumu after one start


“The understanding [Anthony Akumu] with his teammates is of course not there, and not really knowing which direction we wanted to see out of his position.”

These are the words uttered by Kaizer Chiefs head coach Ernst Middendorp as he feels it would unfair to “assess” Akumu after only playing for 45 minutes and making his first start for the ‘Glamour Boys’ over the weekend.

Despite claiming that the Kenyan international has yet to find his rhythm in the team, Middendorp took the bold decision and risk of starting with him in Chiefs’ crucial Nedbank Cup Last 16 encounter against Highlands Park at Makhulong Stadium on Saturday.

The 27-year-old was taken off at halftime in a game Chiefs went on to lose 5-4 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra-time

“It was difficult and it’s not for assessing in the moment. But there’s nothing to assess after only 45 minutes, it’s definitely not fair,” concluded Middendorp

Akumu joined Amakhosi last month from Zambian giants Zesco United.

The Nedbank Cup exit means that the ‘Soweto giant’s’ only hope of ending their trophy drought after five years will be in the Absa Premiership.

On Saturday they take on bitter rivals Orlando Pirates in the Soweto Derby.

By FARPost Reporter 

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