Anthony Akumu Agay made history on Saturday when he appeared as a late substitute in Amakhosi’s 1-0 Nedbank Cup Last 32 win against Royal Eagles. He became the first Kenyan player to play in an official match for Chiefs. It also meant that outside of South Africa, Chiefs have had players from 18 different African nations represent the team.
Having made his debut Teddy as he is affectionately known by his peers is looking ahead towards being a regular contributor to the team for the remainder of the season.
On the emotions of making his debut for Chiefs, Akumu explains: “I was looking forward to getting a chance to play. I did not know it would come so early, for that I thank the technical team and my teammates for their support. I also thank God because everything went well for us and me personally.”
The Kenyan international was also pleased that he became the first player from his homeland to play in an official game for Chiefs.
“It’s a great thing, I am so happy to have been part of the game against Royal Eagles and made history, I am looking forward to playing more and getting more game time as the season progresses,” he adds.
Akumu played for ZESCO United against Chiefs last season in a CAF Confederation Cup game at FNB Stadium. He says he was happy to be turning out as a Chiefs player with the backing of the home fans at the famous venue.
“The first time I played at FNB Stadium was against Chiefs, and this time it was as a Chiefs player which was very good for me and hopefully, I get more time out on the pitch there,” he says.
Akumu has also credited his teammates for helping him to acclimatize to life at Chiefs. “I am learning the philosophy of the team and the tactics of the coach,” he says. “I am getting better and soon everything will be fall into place. My teammates have been very supportive. My former teammate at Zesco, Lazalous Kambole has been here which has helped. All the guys have guided me well for which I am grateful.”
Chiefs will next be in action on Saturday evening when they face Maritzburg United in an Absa Premiership clash. Kick-off is set for the game at 18:00. Akumu will be hoping to play some part as Chiefs look to hold onto the top of the table with a win.