In order to find the right balance in his side, Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt has done quite a bit of shuffling since taking over in September 2020.
For example, Hunt has moved Ramahlwe Mphahlele from centre back, to right-back, before moving him back to the heart of the Amakhosi defence again. Daniel Cardoso has been deployed in a midfield role as opposed to his customary centre back position. Chiefs starlet Nkosingiphile Ngcobo is another one of those who have been shuffled under Hunt and moved from the wing to the number 10 position in which he has subsequently flourished.
However, Hunt’s most successful shuffle has perhaps been that of Anthony Akumu Agay from defensive midfield to centre back.
Initially, there was a bit of confusion regarding the Kenyan’s real position. Hunt insisted that midfield is not Akumu’s best position.
“He (Agay) is not a midfield player, no chance. I don’t know what he was signed as, but he is not a midfield player,” Hunt said of Agay at the time.
Meanwhile, the player was all too happy to be deployed in any position in the field, as long as he was getting minutes for Amakhosi, something that was largely lacking when he joined Chiefs in January last year.
“I’ve adapted to playing wherever coach Gavin Hunt utilises me,” Agay told Chiefs‘ official website in response to Hunt’s claims.
His former Kenya National Team coach Adel Amrouche, who was linked to the Chiefs job before Hunt took over, has a contrasting view to the man who beat him to the Chiefs hot seat and reckons Agay’s best position is defensive midfield, where he can play like former Arsenal great Patrick Vieira.
“I’m the one who put him in that position (defensive midfield) – 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,” Amrouche told Soccer Laduma edition 1192.
It appears though, that Hunt is justified in switching Agay to centre back. In the five games that he has been used in that position, Chiefs have only lost one match. They have also only conceded three goals. It is also in this period in which they managed to claim 10 points from a possible 12, which included three wins and a draw.
Regardless of what position he is deployed in, Agay will be hoping to inspire Chiefs to victory once again when they take on Baroka FC on Tuesday at the FNB Stadium.