Fadlu Davids didn’t hesitate in his response when asked who he thinks will be in goal for Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday at FNB Stadium.
Over the last several weeks Daniel Akpeyi has been under the microscope after his one error led to the opening goal in Amakhosi’s 2-1 defeat to Maritzburg United in the Absa Premiership more than 10 days ago.
Calls for Itumeleng Khune to return to the starting line-up gained momentum, but he, too, was ridiculed following Chiefs’ penalty shootout loss to Highlands Park in the Nedbank Cup round of 16 at the weekend.
So, who do the fans want between the sticks against Orlando Pirates?
“It’s clear that they have a No.1 and that’s Akpeyi,” Davids, the Pirates assistant coach, said during some face time with the media at the club’s training grounds on Tuesday afternoon in the build-up to the Soweto Derby this weekend.
“I don’t think they will change.”
Davids’ remarks very much back those made by Chiefs head coach Ernst Middendorp, who the Pirates assistant considers a mentor and a close friend.
The German also told the media last week that he retains complete trust in the Nigerian goalkeeper and did not make much of a magnified error in the defeat to Maritzburg, which put their title hopes under some strain.
Akpeyi sat out the Nedbank Cup match, but only because Middendorp had long made it clear that Khune, who was returning from a four-months injury layoff, would be the goalkeeper in the cup fixtures as long as Chiefs progress.
As such, it is expected then that Akpeyi will be the No.1 for the Soweto Derby.
Story by @superjourno