- Kaizer Chiefs offloaded Ghanaian midfielder James Kotei after a short spell with the club
- Anthony Akumu was brought in as Kotei's replacement
- The Kenyan midfielder recently made his debut and coach Ernst Middendorp spoke about some of his qualities
Kaizer Chiefs fans were initially excited about the signing of Ghanaian midfielder James Kotei.
However, Kotei failed to live up to expectations and never featured in coach Ernst Middendorp's plans.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that Kotei had to make way for January signing Anthony Akumu to enter the fray.
The lanky Kenyan was signed in January, but needed to be patient for Kotei to depart as Chiefs were required to reduce their foreign quota.
Akumu recently made his debut in the Nedbank Cup victory over Royal Eagles and seems to already have impressed Middendorp.
KickOFF.com reported that Middendorp likes what he sees, but is reluctant to put too much pressure on Akumu.
Middendorp said, “We have the options in midfield with other players being available, and we used him even in the centre-back position in training – he was quite impressive and positive too."
The German tactician touched on Akumu's technical ability and speed.
He added, “We have to find out in the moment, I can’t really make an absolute assessment, but we see good touches and good understanding of quick movement in tight spaces, to be part of combination play and good, let’s see.”
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