Absa Premiership

Akpeyi brought in to challenge Khune at Kaizer Chiefs

2019-02-14 10:58
Daniel Akpeyi
Daniel Akpeyi (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has revealed the decision to sign Daniel Akpeyi was to give Itumeleng Khune a run for his money next season.

Akpeyi made his debut in the recent Soweto derby against Orlando Pirates and produced a sold display for the Glamour Boys.

It appears the futures of Bruce Bvuma, Virgil Vries and Brylon Petersen seem less bright as Middendorp branded both men as second or third choice keepers in the squad.

Meanwhile, Khune has been side-lined with a shoulder injury and will be out for the rest of the season.

The German told reporters as quoted by KickOff website: "Chiefs' management had a very clear profile, not to bring someone in that would be in competition for second or third choice, we have enough in this department.

"It was a very clear understanding, already looking into next season, to have two top number one keepers.

"Judging from what we've seen from Daniel in this short period and carrying such expectations in a Derby with a massive crowd, to show the calmness and structure despite not being fully familiar with the team, he handled it very well.

"We definitely got confirmation that Kaizer Chiefs, from the management's side, made the right decision to bring him in."

The Soweto giants are set to play ABC Motsepe side The Magic FC in the Nedbank Cup Round of 16 tie at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

KickOff is 15:00.


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