Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Lebogang Manayama has hailed the impact of Nigeria goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi at the club this season, reports Completesports.com.
Akpeyi has stood in well for the injured long-time No.1 Itumeleng Khune and played a key role in last weekend’s Telkom Knockout win against Orlando Pirates.
He is expected to be in goal in today’s Soweto Derby against Orlando Pirates at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg.
The 33-year-old has conceded five goals in 10 leagues appearances this season.
“I think we had this conversation before the season started and I think we’re blessed in that department‚” Manyama said.
“We have three international goalkeepers (Daniel Akpeyi‚ Itumeleng Khune and Bruce Bvuma) – two of them coming from the Africa Cup of Nations.
“It’s a huge experience. Akpeyi is a top keeper and I think maybe people have been too hard on him‚ and obviously he had to fill Itu’s shoes‚ which is not an easy thing to do.”
Manyama feels Akpeyi should have been given more respect based on the fact he’s Nigeria’s No 1.
“If he is No 1 for one of the biggest countries in Africa in terms of football it’s not a coincidence‚” Manyama continued.
“It’s because he has quality to play in such a team in such a country that we believe in him and we kept on supporting him. He has helped us a lot and I think we’re very blessed to have him.”11 BUSINESS NUGGETS FROM SUPER EAGLES BRONZE MEDAL TRIUMPH. The content of this ebook will propel you above your competition. DOWNLOAD NOW!!!