Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has hailed
the character shown by goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi in the Soweto Derby victory.
Akpeyi pulled off a string of stunning saves to contribute
to a 1-0 victory over Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon and
was ultimately named the man of the match as well.
The Nigeria international had been the target of plenty of
criticism in the lead up to the Derby, with many calling for Itumeleng Khune to
reclaim the number one jersey.
And Middendorp praised the manner in which the 33-year-old
hit back at the critics in the best possible way and the way he not only
responds to pressure but rises above it.
"We have seen a great performance from Daniel Akpeyi
over months. It's an unbelievable character," the Chiefs mentor told
"If you come into a club where the first choice is
being injured at that time and now coming back at any time you get
pressurised... 'another one should play, another one should play'.
"It's an incredible performance under these
circumstances, what we see week in and week out from Daniel Akpeyi."
- TEAMtalk media