“I thank God that I was able to score my first goal for Kaizer Chiefs.”
This was the reaction by midfielder Anthony Akumu Agay after the Kenyan international opened his scoring account in Amakhosi’s remarkable comeback against Polokwane City on the weekend.
Agay netted the equalising goal 15 minutes from regulation time, setting in motion an eight-minute goal blitz during the entertaining Absa Premiership fixture at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on Saturday.
“I am not only happy to score a goal; I am happy it was one of the goals that contributed to a great comeback which saw us beat Polokwane City,” Akumu told the Chiefs official website.
Teddy, as Akumu is known, shared in finer details how that memorable event came to be.
“Before Bernard Parker took the corner kick, I was trying to organise the defence,” he recalled.
“Just as Parker was about to kick the ball, Lebogang Manyama rallied me to go in to form part of the attack. I rushed to take position; I saw where Samir Nurkovic was positioned in the near post and realised that he was not going to be able to score easily from that angle. Nurkovic flicked the ball and it fell right in front of me for an easy tap-in.”
Akumu (27), who arrived at Chiefs from Zambia powerhouse Zesco United during the January window period, made his PSL debut in the Amakhosi’s league fixture against Maritzburg United in February and has made four league appearances for the log leaders since
His maiden appearance was in Chiefs’ 1-0 win over Orlando Pirates in the Soweto Derby on February 29.
“This goal against Polokwane City is sweeter because it improves our chances of winning the league. I wish to thank the club for affording me this opportunity. What is left is to work hard to retain a place in the line-up. I want to contribute to the success of the club.”
The game against City was the first time that Akumu got full 90 minutes in Chiefs colours.
He is expected to be in the Amakhosi team that will face Bloemfontein Celtic at Tuks Stadium this evening at 6pm.
A win for Chiefs will extend their lead to nine points, ahead of the second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns.
- In today’s other Absa Premiership fixture, SuperSport United will host relegation-haunted Polokwane City at Bidvest Stadium at 3.30pm. – kaizerchiefs.com