The Soweto Derby, CAF & Amakhosi Faithful – Akpeyi Outlines Chiefs Ambitions
Kaizer Chiefs’ new goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi, has outlined some of his ambitions at Naturena following his transfer, admitting that they aren’t just domestic.
The 32-year-old was a transfer deadline day signing by the Glamour Boys as they looked to beef up a goalkeeping department that was depleted when Itumeleng Khune was ruled out for the rest of the season, and the Nigerian international comes in alongside Virgil Vries, Bruce Bvuma and Brylon Petersen.
It remains to be seen whether the former Warri Wolves man will be thrown straight into the deep end in this weekend’s Soweto Derby, however, Akpeyi – the only Premier Soccer League player at the 2018 World Cup – says that it will be a pleasure to even be part of the event.
He told the club’s official website, “It’s very motivational to see the Chiefs supporters… It drives you to do better. It’s one of the most famous derbies in the world, just to be part of that experience will be something fantastic, independent of if I play or not… I hope the supporters will support me, as that will make me stronger and bring out the best out in me.”
Aside from the derby though, the Nigerian hopes to see his new club challenge in the continent’s biggest club competition, saying, “That’s one thing I was looking for to do in South Africa, playing in the Champions League. Chiefs have the will and the quality to do well in Africa and I would like to contribute to do that.”
Meanwhile, his new coach had something to say about his arrival, explaining his best qualities to the website, adding, “Akpeyi is calm and has a physical presence... He communicates well with his defensive line and is good in dictating tactics at the back.”
Chiefs tackle Pirates on Saturday afternoon as they look to close the gap and move up the Absa Premiership table.