Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi has come under the spotlight following his recent blunder, and one of his teammates has since come to his defence.
All eyes will be on Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp’s selection for this weekend’s high-stakes Soweto Derby, when it comes to the battle between Akpeyi and Itumeleng Khune.
The two shotstoppers have sparked a massive debate amongst fans and pundits, who have weighed in on who should get the nod to play against Orlando Pirates on Saturday.
The Nigerian international has faced widespread condemnation following a costly mistake that ultimately led to Amakhosi’s defeat to Maritzburg United a fortnight ago.
However, defender Daniel Cardoso has joined in on the defence of the 33-year-old, insisting that the team remains confident in his ability in spite of the criticism levelled against him.
“I’ve made blunders, I know how it feels. He has the team’s full support; mistakes happen in football,” defended Cardoso.
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“What I think is that Daniel has done great this whole season, one mistake and the fans are on your back. I mean, that’s the thing with South African football – as soon as someone makes a mistake, [fans] are quick to call for a substitute or whatever it is.
“They don’t understand how well he’s done for us the whole season, I mean, before he made that mistake, he was the best ‘keeper to replace Khune and all of that.
“So, Khune’s giving him full backing; we’re giving him full backing and he’s Nigeria’s number-one – he won one of the big awards in Nigeria, which speaks for itself.
“One mistake can’t make a bad player, it’s one of those things and life goes on.”Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.