Akumu: I can’t choose AFC instead of Gor Mahia


Former Gor Mahia midfield ace Anthony Akumu, who is currently at Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa’s says Gor Mahia is his natural home because it is the team that gave him a platform. He therefore cannot accept an offer from AFC if Gor Mahia are also interested.

Additional reporting from goal.com

The 28-year-old was part of the Harambee Stars squad that played the Afcon double-header against Comoros
Kenya international Anthony Akumu has boldly stated he will still choose to play for Gor Mahia even if he gets a better offer from bitter rivals AFC Leopards.

The lanky Kaizer Chiefs midfielder played for K’Ogalo between 2010 and 2014 before leaving for Sudan’s top-tier side Al Khartoum. Later on, the now 28-year-old joined the Zambia Super League side Zesco United before going to South Africa.

Despite being out of K’Ogalo for the last six years, the defensive midfielder, who can also play as a central defender, says there is no love lost between him and the Kenyan outfit who gave him a platform in the top-tier.

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“I have massive respect for Leopards, but to be honest, I cannot choose them over K’Ogalo no matter how good their offer is,” Akumu told Goal.

“[Ingwe] are a good team, actually one of the biggest in Kenya but I just cannot play for them.

“Gor Mahia is a team that gave me a chance, it is my home, and if I have an opportunity to get back home, for sure I will.”

The soft-speaking Akumu also stated he is not yet done and his focus is on improving as a player.

“I want to be involved as much as possible, I want to keep learning and it needs more hard work,” Akumu added.

“Yes, I am happy for my achievements, but it is not enough, I want to do more at the club and national team level.”

Akumu was part of the Harambee Stars squad for the group Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifying double-header against Comoros where the first one ended 1-1. Then the islanders claimed a 2-1 win in the second game.

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