Botswana national team coach Adel Amrouche, who was recently linked to the Kaizer Chiefs job, has heaped high praise on one of the club’s midfielders.
Amrouche’s name was bandied about as one of the leading candidates for the vacant Chiefs head coaching position, however he was beaten to the job by Gavin Hunt, who signed a three-year contract with Amakhosi.
Now, as he turns his focus back to the national team, the Belgian has opened up to Soccer Laduma’s edition 1192 about Chiefs midfielder Anthony Akumu, a player who he gave a chance in the Kenyan national team.
“I was shocked to find that he was always on the bench at his club Gor Mahia and, although he was good, no one bothered to play him. One day, I asked his coach why he wasn’t giving Akumu a chance and that coach told me, “He is only good for basketball!” Yet when I gave Akumu a chance to play in the national team just behind Victor Wanyama, suddenly all people saw his value.
“I’m the one who put him in that position – he is like Patrick Vieira. If they give him tasks in his rightful position, he can be famous. He is a soldier and very serious about football. The coaches in Kenya didn’t trust him. He is a fantastic fighter and very professional. At that time, I received enquiries from Lens in France about him. I just feel sad that he could not win the league with Chiefs,” Amrouche said.
Amrouche also discusses:
- Being linked to the Chiefs job
- Which South African players excite him
- His pan to nullify South Africa
Be sure to get yourself a copy of Soccer Laduma’s edition 1192, on sale now!