He’s still learning the ropes at Naturena following his recent arrival, but Anthony Akumu has big plans for his time at Kaizer Chiefs as he looks to help them bring back the glory days.
The 27-year-old Kenyan is the first player from his nation to sign for the Glamour Boys following the signing of his three-and-a-half-year deal recently, and he’s spoken of the club’s ambition and goals that he’s looking to score.
Speaking to the club’s official website after penning his Amakhosi contract, the defensive midfielder said, “I am still in the process of learning about the team. From my experience so far, I am happy to be here – this is a loving team with great support. It’s like a family – the players, supporters and administration are like one. The team has ambitions and goals and I want to help them achieve these.
“I have learnt that I am the first Kenyan at Chiefs and it is a good thing… I now need to perform well and show I’m capable of doing for the team. This will hopefully open doors for other people. The fact that Chiefs had had so many players representing different African countries, it shows what a welcoming team it is and I am grateful to be part of that.”
Meanwhile, regarding the fact that he has his former ZESCO teammate, Lazarous Kambole, around to help him settle into his new surroundings, ‘Teddy’ added, “When you come to a football institution like this, it’s good to have somebody to help show you around and guide you, having him around is making it easier for me to acclimatise.”
Akumu joins Kambole, Daniel Akpeyi, Samir Nurkovic and Leonardo Castro as the fifth player in Chiefs’ foreign quota, taking the place of James Kotei after the Ghanaian was released from his contract at Naturena earlier this week.