Anthony Akumu: Resilient slum boy hopes to scale heights of South African football

Kaizer Chiefs' Kenyan midfielder Anthony Akumu enjoys a light moment in training. PHOTO | POOL | KAIZER CHIEFS

What you need to know:

  • It’s in 'Nigeria' that Akumu spent his entire childhood, living in a dilapidated iron-sheet single-room house alongside his two brothers with Onyango being the sole provider
  • Akumu’s exploits at Gor caught the eye of junior national team selectors that year and as fate would have it he crowned a break-out campaign with an opportunity to try out with Danish top-flight side Randers FC
  • This feat, becoming only the second Kenyan to win the PSL after the legendary Musa Otieno, would definitely leave an indelible memory that he will walk with all his life - unrivalled joy to erase a painful start to his Chiefs career


It started in pain, was played through discomfort but ended in unrivalled joy. Not the kind that comes with winning a cup final or a league title, but the kind of joy that delivers lessons and memories that a player walks with all his life.

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