Akumu earns Chiefs coach's backing


Kaizer Chiefs’ new arrival Anthony Akumu will be expected to shine for the club once he has found his feet, says assistant coach Shaun Bartlett.

Akumu arrived at Chiefs five months ago on a free transfer after parting ways with Zambian side ZESCO United in December last year.

The Kenyan international took the place of Ghanaian James Kotei, who lasted just six months at Naturena without making his official debut, but has managed just five appearances for the club thus far.

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Bartlett, however, believes the 27-year-old midfielder is sure to come out of his shell once he finds his feet, which has been tough to do since arriving in the middle of the season.

“For me, Anthony Agay will take a bit of time. Coming in in the middle of the season, when the games are really under pressure is always going to be difficult,” Bartlett told KCTV.

“And I think the speed of the game as well, sometimes you underestimate when you watch the PSL maybe from another country, and say, ‘Oh, I can go and play there.’

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“But once you start playing the matches, you actually realise, ‘It’s not as easy as I thought it would be.’ So, I think that will take a bit of time.

“But we know we’ve got a player, I think for the future, that can do well for this club, as long as he obviously just applies whatever the technical team wants.”

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