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Does Akpeyi’s Heroics Mean He Deserves To Be Chiefs’ Number One?

Lebogang Manyama scored the all-important goal, but it was Daniel Akpeyi who ultimately secured the Soweto derby win for Kaizer Chiefs with a string of unbelievable saves.

Fans have their say on whether the Nigerian should replace Itumeleng Khune as the club’s number one.

Akpeyi joined Amakhosi in January 2019 as an emergency replacement for Khune, who was ruled out for a lengthy period with a shoulder injury.

Bruce Bvuma deputised for Khune in the first few matches, however, this was a role that Akpeyi soon occupied.

Akpeyi has deputized excellently since taking up the reins in the Amakhosi goalkeeping department, although it must be said that occasionally, he is error prone as seen in the Maritzburg United match.

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Khune has since returned to full fitness and many would have expected him to walk straight into the starting XI, Akpeyi’s sterling performances however, have prevented that from happening.

Khune did feature in Chiefs’ Nedbank Cup last 16 defeat to Highlands Park and despite his impressive display, could not prevent his team from being bundled out on penalties as he failed to make a single save.

It came as a bit of a surprise when Ernst Middendorp selected Akpeyi ahead of Khune for the Soweto Derby, but the 33-year-old rewarded his coach’s belief with a heroic display, he also had the full support of Khune from the sidelines.

Fans have had their say on who they think should be the team’s first choice in the last stretch of Amakhosi’s title charge, something they have not achieved since the 2014/15 season.

Check out some of the fans’ opinions below:

“Akpeyi and Khune are International goalkeepers. Fans should respect the coach selection and support the team. Being swayed by media is not going to help anyone. Akpeyi made his naysayers to eat a humble pie. Keep up the great work boy.”

 @Lindokuhle Shezi
“The only reason most people like Khune is because he makes even a small save big...he shouts and he dives even if they score in his goal posts... and they like his distribution which is not that effective to Chiefs strikers.”

 @Mpho Poster
“Akpeyi is good. Maybe some Khosi fans were just panicking and forgot Khune didn't save them from potential double, as they lost against Highlands and Akpeyi saved them from the Mighty Bucs. The technical team know better who deserves a start. In Mzansi, we usually like keepers with style and Akpeyi is direct but does his job so great. From a Jomo Cosmos fan”

“I am one of those who lost confidence in Akpeyi because of the previous game's mistake, but now you have made me change my mind. I can honestly say Akpeyi is forgiven. You have shown us that you are worthy.”

Who do you think should be Chiefs’ number one between Khune and Akpeyi?


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