Kaizer Chief’s head coach, Ernst Middendorp has made it clear Daniel Akpeyi is the club’s first choice goalkeeper.
Akpeyi was signed back in January from Chippa United following injury to then first choice keeper Itumeleng Khune and since then, the Super Eagles’ stopper has not looked back.
Akpeyi has pulled up a string of fine performances this season, making unbelievable saves, stopping penalties, being generally solid and has hence won the hearts of the fans.
“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.
At the weekend, Akpeyi rescued a point for the Phefeni Glamour Boys in their match against Maritzburg United by saving a late penalty.
Before now, he also saved another penalty against Supersport earlier in the season in a one-all draw.
In their run to the semi-finals of the Telkom Cup, Akpeyi saved penalties in the Last 16 and quarter-finals against Cape Town City and Orlando Pirates respectively.
These are in addition to being the Super Eagles no.1 in AFCON 2019, where they finished as bronze medalists, crowning an impressive year for the short stopper.