Anthony Akumu, popularly known as Teddy Akumu, is a professional football player from Kenya. Anthony Akumu position is that of midfielder, and he is currently playing for the South African Kaizer Chiefs in the PSL. Before that, he played for Zambia's Zesco United F.C. On the international level, he plays for the Kenyan National Team, Harambee Stars.
Anthony Akumu skills are impressive, making him a favourite among the fans. So, where is Anthony Akumu of Kaizer Chiefs from? Find out these details and much more in this inspiring life journey of the player.
Anthony Akumu profile summary
- Name: Anthony “Teddy” Akumu Agai
- Date of birth: October 20th 1992
- Place of birth: Rachuonyo, Homa Bay County, Kenya
- Anthony Akumu age: He will be turning 28 years old later in 2020
- Nationality: Kenyan
- Anthony Akumu Instagram: @akumu.ba
- Facebook: @Anthony-Teddy-Akumu
- Twitter: @akumuteddy
- Anthony Akumu height: 1.84 m (6 feet 0.5 in)
- Occupation: Football player
- Famous for: Playing for the Kaizer Chiefs
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Anthony Akumu biography
From Rachuonyo, Teddy grew up in the village of ‘Nigeria’ deep inside the rough Kenyan ghetto, Mathare in Nairobi. He is the fourth born in a family of five boys. He stayed with his two brothers, the eldest being Onyango, who was the sole provider for the family. This is because when their mother retired, she chose to go back to Rachuonyo while the boys opted to remain in Nairobi.
The brothers lived in a dilapidated iron-sheet single-room house in this most dreaded area of Mathare. Unfortunately, Onyango died in 2013 after a short illness, and so Anthony was left with his younger brother, Omondi.
Anthony went to the Mathare Primary School in the Nairobi slum until 2005. After that, between 2006 and 2009 he studied at the Maina Wanjigi Secondary School also in Nairobi.
Growing up in the slums, Anthony used to train with his friends without proper kits while using non-standard balls made out of plastic bags. He earned the nickname, Teddy (after the Manchester United legend, Teddy Sheringham), due to the amazing Anthony Akumu skills he showed on the field. He was playing number 10 for junior side Lacosto under coach Dickens Omondi.
From Lacosto, Anthony joined Heidi Sport, which used to compete in the Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA) zonal leagues. His brother Onyango kept tabs of his academic progress, while coach James Omondi ensured that Akumu never missed training. Teddy's determination and hard work eventually landed him a trip to Norway in 2004 as part of the MYSA Under-12 team.
In December 2009, Teddy joined the Kenyan club of his dreams, Gor Mahia (K’Ogalo), after a successful three-week trial. This trial was immediately after his high school when the club’s recruitment policy was focused on the youth. Signed by Coach Gideon Ochieng, the player did not flourish under him but managed to solidify his position under the next manager, Zedekiah Otieno, who joined in 2010.
Everyone noticed the brilliance of his skills, which is why Danish SuperLiga club, Randers F.C. came for him in December 2010 for a two-week trial. Unfortunately, that did not work out, and he did not sign a contract despite senior players at the club inquiring about him. Despite that, the Rander FC officials still had positive things to say about the tall midfielder.
After his time at Gor, Anthony was signed on a six-month loan deal by Sudanese side Al-Khartoum in June 2014. The loan was a success, so the club signed him permanently in September 2014 on a long-term contract and went on to make several appearances. On December 23rd, 2013, Teddy left Sudan and joined the Zambian side Zesco United on a highly successful two-year deal.
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Anthony Akumu Kaizer Chiefs
After his contract in Zambia, the South African giants, Kaizer Chiefs, contracted Teddy, without a trial, for 3 years. Anthony Akumu dates joined Amakhosi was January 15th, 2020, and his contract expires on 30th June 2023. Anthony Akumu jersey number is 5.
When the player joined the Chiefs, he had a minor injury that delayed his debut. There were permit issues that he had to handle as well. He overcame all these challenges and debuted at the Anthony Akumu vs Royal Eagles match in the Nedbank Cup on February 8th 2020. He made five appearances for the Chiefs prior to (PSL) indefinite suspension in March due to the coronavirus.
Anthony Akumu salary at Chiefs
Anthony struck gold when he joined the Amakhosi. Reports state that he got a whopping Ksh12 million as the signing on bonus. His monthly salary is Ksh1.5 million, which is a massive boost from the Ksh400,000 monthly salary at Zesco. His current market value is €150Th.
Anthony Akumu stats
The following are the player’s stats in the order of competition, appearances, and goals.
- ABSA Premiership- 6- 1
- CAF Champions League- 26- 0
- CAF Confederation Cup- 7- 1
- Nedbank Cup- 2- 0
On the international level, Teddy plays for the Harambee Stars since making his debut in 2011. His awards include 2012 KPL midfielder of the year. Anthony Akumu videos online are a true testament to his great skills.
Anthony Akumu latest news
With the recent resumption of the PSL, Akumu found his shooting boots and managed to net his first goal for the club in the 3-2 win against Polokwane City. The midfielder's tap-in goal made him the 12th different player for Chiefs to find the back of the net this season.
The story of Anthony Akumu is quite literally that of rags to riches. It goes to show what talent combined with determination can do to anyone regardless of their background. Every boy in Mathare slums is dreaming big with the massive beacon of the player to show them the way forward.
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