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We Will Miss Akumu, Admits Gor Coach Williamson

June 6, 2014

Gregory Mulemi

Gor Mahia tactician Bobby Williamson has rued the departure of midfielder Anthony Akumu. The Gor star left the reigning Kenyan champions for Sudanese side El Khartoum Nationale on a six-month loan deal.

However, the news didn't go well with Williamson, who termed the player an intergral part to his playing unit. "Akumu has been one of our best players over the years and his presence has always been felt in the team," said Williamson. "I would have loved him to stay but he has made a decision to move on and we have to respect that."

Williamson said the club will not rush to find Akumu's replacement for they have players who can play well in the position. "We have midfield players available for us. We have Eric Ochieng, Daniel Onyango and others who are in my plans and therefore we will make up for his depature."

Akumu, 22, paid tribute to Gor Mahia, a club he joined as an 18-year-old, saying he owes a lot to the 13-time Kenyan champions. "Gor Mahia have always been part of my life ever since I was a kid. I loved playing here in front of great fans, great players and great atmosphere," said Akumu. "But there comes a time when a player has to move on and I feel going for a new challenge will help me develop as a footballer."

"I remember the good and bad times at Gor Mahia. There were times I was on top form and times I slumped, but this has never deterred me from pursuing my dream."

The international midfielder has refuted claims that he was lured by money to the oil -rich Sudan region, saying all he wants is to graduate from the current class to the next.

" It is not all about the money. I had already made up my mind and thank God things happened the way I wanted. After my loan spell at Nationale, I want to proceed on. Coming back to Gor Mahia is not my option, maybe the last," concluded Akumu.

And in the wake of the derby against AFC Leopards on Sunday, Williamson said he is working hard to put his players in the right state of mind after a 1-1 draw against Tusker saw them crash out of the Top Eight tournament on Wednesday in a 1-2 defeat.

"We have to be professionals and approach the game just like any other. It will not be easy but I know we can pull a good result," said Williamson.

Gor Mahia top the log and have lost only twice in the league this season. Leopards on the other hand are 11th and must start getting positive results from Sunday if they are to mount a serious challenge to the title.

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Source: AllAfrica

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