Daniel Akpeyi is afraid that the return to action of South Africa number one goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune for Kaizer Chiefs might cost him his place in the Super Eagles, reports Completesports.com.
Khune is expected to make his highly anticipated return from a long-term injury-induced layoff for Kaizer Chiefs when they host SuperSport United in their third Premier Soccer League game of the season this weekend.
Following Khune’s injury, Akpeyi who was Nigeria’s first choice goalkeeper ta the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, fought for the number one spot with Bruce Bvuma, but he is aware Khune’s return could minimize his chances to don the number one shirt.
In addition, the former Chippa United gloveman explains his fears of losing his the Super Eagles number one spot, adding he hopes the Nigeria coaches will understand the dynamics at his club even if he is not playing regular football.
“Sometimes this game can be tricky, but when you have someone who understands the dynamics of this game, who understands how things run,” continued the lanky keeper,” Akpeyi told reporters.
“I am in a team where I will not be playing 100% of games. That should be understood because there is no way that I can push Khune aside no matter if he is on form or not, he has this background that it would be difficult for you to push him out, I am just being honest about it,” noted the 33-year-old.
“But for whoever is the head [coach of Nigeria], as long as he understands the dynamics and how things work, as long as I am free and doing my best here and the report gets to them, it will be up to them to decide if they want to give me a chance and still believe I can make it work with the national team.”
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr did not include Akpeyi in his squad that will face Ukraine in an international friendly match on September 10 in Kyiv. The German settled for the trio of Francis Izoho, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and new invitee – Fortuna Dusseldorf goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye.
By Adeboye Amosu