Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has backed Daniel
Akpeyi to continue in goal for the Absa Premiership title run-in but did also confirm that
Itumeleng Khune will start in this weekend's Nedbank Cup clash against
Akpeyi made a high-profile error in Chiefs' 2-1 loss against
Maritzburg United on Saturday with Middendorp now under extreme pressure to
select Khune again after the Bafana shot stopper fully recovered from a
Middendorp though insists Akpeyi deserves to play in the
league as he has done brilliantly throughout the season to help Amakhosi stay
at the top of the table.
"We started the Nedbank Cup with Itu Khune at
goalkeeper against Royal Eagles. We go to the next round - we did it last year
with Bruce Bvuma in the Nedbank Cup, and we are doing it now - and that’s the
decision that on Saturday we will play Itu Khune. And nothing else," said Middendorp according to quotes in the TimesLIVE.
"And let me make one statement. Our supporters at
Kaizer Chiefs are very intelligent, very smart. They do not get carried away,
just because there was a little mistake and we conceded from our defensive
"We have seen a fantastic Daniel Akpeyi over months,
rescuing us in the final stage, saving a penalty."
The Chiefs mentor then went on to remind everyone that
Akpeyi had in fact picked up the league's player of the month award not too
Middendorp continued: "He was a player of the month (for
"And what we have seen now over several months - please
guys, everybody who observes Kaizer Chiefs and is following us know exactly
what a goalkeeper like Daniel Akpeyi has done here during the run of the
"And there is no way at this moment for me, for us, for
each and every person in this Chiefs family, to be ignoring it."
- TEAMtalk media