Following a report that Itumeleng Khune could be ruled out of action for at least two months, his Kaizer Chiefs stand-in goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi has today wished him a speedy recovery, but also put his hand up.
The Nigerian shot stopper has missed just two of Kaizer Chiefs’ eight Absa Premiership matches and was an early substitute against Baroka FC two weeks ago when Khune pulled up injured and subsequently ruled out for the next match.
A report on Wednesday suggested Khune would be sidelined for eight weeks with a groin strain he suffered minutes into their win over Baroka.
“I am not competing with anyone, only with myself to be the best that I can be to make sure that when I am given an opportunity I do my best and solidify my own ground,” Akpeyi, speaking at the draw for the Telkom Knockout opening round, said.
“Concerning Itu, I don’t know about him being out for two months, but we need him back as soon as possible. We need the backline to solidify and it doesn’t have to be with one person (goalkeeper), but so that in case there is anything we need his experience and his character behind us as well.”
Akpeyi, who was the first choice for Nigeria at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, where the Super Eagles reached the final, has come in for massive praise from Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp on the back of his three clean sheets in six games.