Chiefs dealt setback in Akumu signing

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KickOff.com can reveal that Kaizer Chiefs have been dealt a setback in their efforts to seal the deal with Kenyan midfielder Anthony Akumu.

Chiefs looked to have reeled the 27-year-old holding midfielder in amid interest from the likes of TP Mazembe, with Akumu spotted at FNB Stadium on Wednesday evening.

But Amakhosi have had to hold off on the official signing of the player due to their limit of five foreign registrations having been reached, with the presence of Daniel Akpeyi, James Kotei, Leonardo Castro, Samir Nurkovic and Lazarous Kambole.

It has been widely speculated that the club are looking at offloading Kotei, who has failed to make his presence felt at Naturena since arriving at the club at the start of the season.

The Ghanaian was tipped for a return to Tanzanian side Simba SC, but this has since been ruled out by their South African CEO Senzo Mbatha.

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“We had discussions [with Chiefs] but it’s not going to happen as we have also filled up our foreign spaces,” Mbatha tells this website.

“It’s full, unless we release one player in this window, but even then we have resolved not to push ahead with him [Kotei] for this window period.”

As a result, Chiefs face a potential poser and will have to either find another suitor for the 26-year-old within the remaining three weeks of the January registration period, or look to part ways with the player.

Alternatively, they could decide to offload another of their five foreigners, but this could derail the progress of the team with Akpeyi, Castro, Nurkovic and Kambole having established themselves in coach Ernst Middendorp’s setup.

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