Stuart Baxter has shared a Soweto Derby debut story that will be of some inspiration to new Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.
The Nigerian international is in line to play for Amakhosi for the first time since joining them on transfer deadline last week – and it’s against their bitter rivals Orlando Pirates tomorrow afternoon at FNB Stadium.
“I remember when I was at Chiefs, (Itumeleng) Khune got injured during the warm-up of our Soweto Derby and Reyaad (Pieterse, second choice keeper) was in the toilet and I had to go shout at him that he’s playing,” Bafana Bafana coach Baxter shared his recollection with the Siya crew.
“And he came out and kept a clean sheet. Now, I haven’t worked with the new keeper (Akpeyi) before. But I think as a coach you need to know the keeper, asses the situation – and I don’t think it’s impossible to play him.”
Akpeyi is not the only possible Soweto Derby debutant with left back Happy Mashiane also expected to start against the Buccaneers.
“They should be able to handle it. I always tell a player before making their national team debut that if they make a mistake people will understand, but not when you’ve played 50 times for your country. Sometimes with that safety net they know that if they play decent, that’s great and if they play great, he’s a hero. People like that,” Baxter explained.