Fresh from match winning saves in regulation time and a penalty save recently, Daniel Akpeyi was the hero once again as Kaizer Chiefs defeated Orlando Pirates 4-2 on penalties in their Telkom Knockout quarter-final clash at the Moses Mabida Stadium, Durban this weekend. Both sides battled to a 2-2 draw after 120 minutes and then Akpeyi saved twice in the penalty shootout to help the Amakhosi seal a place in the semi-finals.
Akpeyi, who is the number 2 goalkeeper at the club, is only tasting all these action because first choice Khune is out injured.
Kaizer Chiefs’ hierarchy now have a decision to make when Khune comes back: do they stick with the 32 year old Nigeria international or do they stick him up by reinstating Khune as number one despite Akpeyi’s stellar performances?
Akpeyi is now benefiting from injuries to his club side and national team number one goalkeepers following his recall for the Super Eagle to replace injured Uzoho. Did it have to take injuries before for observers to realise what has been obvious all this time? That Akpeyi is a shot-stopping, penalty saving top quality goalkeeper! This, despite his poor body language and occasional comedy moments!