Kaizer Chiefs head coach Ernst Middendorp opened up on new signing Anthony Akumu’s debut for the club over the weekend while comparing him to Ghanaian midfielder James Kotei.
The Kenyan midfielder arrived at Naturena shortly after parting ways with Zambian giants ZESCO United in December replacing Kotei, who was released after just six months at the club.
Kotei failed to make a single appearance for the Amakhosi, with the German coach insisting that Akumu could work better with his philosophy compared to how the Ghanaian international fared.
“Of course, we have seen from different patterns and stuff from Anthony during this – I think it’s a little bit more than three weeks since he’s come in,” said Middendorp as quoted by KickOff.Com
“And, good, at the moment it’s to get to know the combinations now, [in terms of] where to go, what to do and it was just the first gap to go into it.
“He had a chance to find a little bit of experience percentage-wise, I don’t know actually, we have to be very sorted, which I think we can be.
“We have the options in midfield with other players being available, and we used him even in the centre-back position in training – he was quite impressive and positive too.
“We have to find out in the moment, I can’t really make an absolute assessment, but we see good touches and good understanding of quick movement in tight spaces, to be part of combination play and good, let’s see.”