Akumu scores as Al Khartoum triumph in Cecafa

The former Gor Mahia midfielder powered home a thunderous shot from outside the box with eight minutes left to hand his side a crucial victory

Former Gor Mahia midfielder Anthony ‘Teddy’ Akumu grabbed a late goal as Al Khartoum of Sudan edged out KMKM of Zanzibar 2-1 in on-going Cecafa Kagame Cup tournament.

Akumu powered home a ferocious shot with eight minutes to stoppage time to hand the Sudanese side a vital win and condemn KMKM to their second defeat in Group ‘A’ at National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Speaking to Goal after the final whistle, Akumu said he was happy to have grabbed the winning goal and was looking forward to playing against his former club Gor Mahia. “It was an amazing shot that fizzled to the back of the net.

“I am happy that we have won and next I face my former club Gor Mahia. It is definately going to be a very emotional re-union because almost half of the players in the squad have played alongside me either with national team (Harambee Stars) or at the club.

“My work is to do well for Khartoum and I will play my best against Gor Mahia. One thing is for sure, I will not celebrate if I find the back of the net on Friday.”

Khartoum will now face Kenyan champions Gor Mahia in their third preliminary match at the same venue on Friday. Gor Mahia are topping Group ‘A’ having won their two opening matches. K’Ogalo beat Yanga FC of Tanzania 2-1 before cruising past KMKM 3-1. The Kenyans will then face Telecom of Djibouti on Sunday in their last group fixture.