Ernst Middendorp touts Anthony Akumu to replace Katsande in midfield

Ernst Middendorp touts Anthony Akumu to replace Katsande in midfield

- Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has upset the apple cart by signalling his intent to start Anthony Akumu over the weekend

- The Amakhosi face AmaZulu in a crucial PSL clash

- The German coach indicated that the Kenyan midfielder would come in to replace the injured Willard Katsande

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It's do or die in the Absa Premiership at this time of the season and Kaizer Chiefs are set for a crucial encounter against AmaZulu over the weekend.

Usuthu are in a relegation battle at the moment, so they'll be going all out to scrape points against the log leaders. learnt that Chiefs have kept six consecutive clean sheets when playing AmaZulu at home and perhaps its this record that has given coach Ernst Middendorp an added sense of optimism.

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Following the injury to veteran midfielder Willard Katsande, Middendorp indicated that Anthony Akumu would likely come in to fill the void.

It would only be the Kenyan's second start, as he's been eased into the Chiefs style of play.

However, Middendorp feels its the best route to take, in light of Katsande's absence.

Middendorp said, “I would have loved to have a bit more time to give him this 30-45 minutes, a little bit under less stress unlike the final 20 minutes last weekend [against Orlando Pirates] but it’s not about wishes, sometimes you have to push a player in, and I hope he will process it and will be able to handle the expectation in this role on Saturday evening.”

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The 28-year-old has featured on seven occasions thus far this season. previously reported that James Kotei had to make way for January signing Anthony Akumu to enter the fray.

Chiefs were forced to offload the Ghanaian to fall within their quota of foreign players.

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