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Kaizer Chiefs Coach: Fantastic Akpeyi Remain Our Number One

Kaizer Chiefs Coach: Fantastic Akpeyi Remain Our Number One

Kaizer Chiefs German head coach Ernst Middendorp has said Super Eagles goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi will continue to be the club’s number one as long as he keeps performing.

Akpeyi was signed by Kaizer Chiefs as an emergency goalkeeper from Chippa United in January following injury to first choice Itumeleng Khune.

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Since joining Kaizer Chiefs, the former Nigeria junior international has proved a worthy successor to Khune.

And according to Middendorp, Akpeyi is now the number one following a string of solid performances for Kaizer Chiefs in Khune’s absence this season.

“I don’t know, what are you saying? But who has been No.1 this season? Let’s not talk about other players,” responded Middendorp when asked about which keeper was his number one.

“We have a number-one goalkeeper, who is performing week-in and week-out, who is the national team goalkeeper for Nigeria, having done a fantastic job in Afcon.

“Guys, we are looking into things, the performances we are getting week-in and week-out, the record is there as a reference. What you are saying is a little bit far out of the frame,” concluded Middendorp. 

Akpeyi rescued a point for Kaizer Chiefs when he saved a late penalty against Maritzburg United at the weekend. 

He did the same in a 1-1 draw against SuperSport United earlier this season. 

Also he was also instrumental in Kaizer Chiefs reaching the semi-finals of the Telkom Knockout Cup, stopping penalties against both Cape Town City and Orlando Pirates in the Last 16 and quarter-finals respectively.

The 33-year-old was Super Eagles first choice at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt where they won bronze.

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  • Dr. Drey 5 years ago

    Akpeyi Akpeyi…..Lolz.

    Just focus more on your club career now ehn. Its apparent you are doing something right to be keeping SA’s undisputed national team keepers Khune and Bvuma out of the team.

  • Glory 5 years ago

    Just how to respond to criticisms. Good one Akpeyeques…..Digressing a lil bit, NFF are now playing games with Rohrs contract, and it’s becoming obvious they wanna get rid of him. A dog destined to die hears not it’s matters calling. We are watching n judgement may have been delayed, twisted but is near n getting untwisted.

    • Dr. Drey 5 years ago

      See…@ Glory, we have witnessed enough drama on this contract issue already.

      Let NFF do whatever they have in mind. Posterity will judge.

      Ask Arsenal and Man U fans…lolz

      But one thing is sure….even though Rohr has done “nothing”, other big nations are queuing up to offer him double what NFF is offering him to come and do “nothing” with their football…. Unlike some coaches that just fade into oblivion once the NFF takes the SE job from them.

  • kehinde 5 years ago

    I just think the guy loose his confidence when he gets to Nigeria, because obviously he is an Hero somewhere else but he performs below par when in Nigeria colors. It’s a confidence issue as the expectations from Nigerians always overwhelm him

  • Good goal keeper .long time I knew . fire on bro

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