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Kaizer Chiefs Coach, Middendorp: Why We Signed Akpeyi

Kaizer Chiefs Coach, Middendorp: Why We Signed Akpeyi

Kaizer Chiefs coach, Ernst Middendorp, has outlined the attributes that attracted and promted the club to secure the services of Nigeria goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi from Chippa United, reports Completesports.com.

Chiefs completed a last-minute swoop for  Akpeyi from Chippa United on the eve of transfer deadline day, following their 0-1 Absa Premiership defeat to Cape Town City last Wednesday.

Akpeyi  replaced the injured Bafana Bafana of  South Africa goalkeeper  Itumeleng Khune, who is ruled out till the end of the season as a result of injury.

The former Warri Wolves goalkeeper penned a one-and-a-half year contract with the Amakhosi.


“Akpeyi is calm and has a physical presence. He communicates well with his defensive line and is good in dictating tactics at the back,” Middendorp, who is a  German told Kaizer Chief’s official website.

Akpeyi has  managed 36 clean sheets in 104 appearances across all competitions since his arrival in the PSL back in July 2015.

He is expected to make his debut for his new club in the Soweto derby against Orlando Pirates at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on Saturday.

The 32-year-old was Nigeria’s third choice goalkeeper at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

By Adeboye Amosu

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  • Bomboy 4 years ago

    This coach is seeing something in Akpeyi that the unforgiving Nigerian fans are blinded to.

    Akpeyi is good! Definitely one of the most experienced goal keepers we have in Nigeria today.

    We forget that it is because he was one of the best that he was chosen to represent Niheria at CHAN.

    His problem is that when he is playing for the Super Eagles, he loses confidence because of the pressure from fans and commits school boy errors.

    Let us help him regain his confidence. It will go a long way in solving our goal keeping crises.

  • Omo9ja 4 years ago

    Hmmm. Hmmmm and Hmmmm again. God have mercy on us and our beloved Country. God bless Nigeria!!!