Akpeyi ‘respectfully’ steps down as Kaizer Chiefs first choice for Itumeleng Khune

Akpeyi ‘respectfully’ steps down as Kaizer Chiefs first choice for Itumeleng Khune

Daniel Akpeyi lost his place as Kaizer Chiefs first choice goalkeeper with the return of Itumeleng Khune, following the latter’s return from a six-month long injury spell.

Khune was between the sticks for Amakhosi in a PSL game on Tuesday, as they shutout AmaZulu in a 2-0 win at the Zwelithini Stadium, and Head Coach Ernst Middendorp hailed his Nigerian goalie for respectfully stepping down from his first choice duties.

 


“Daniel Akpeyi played a fantastic five games so far, it was a bit tough for me but the truth is from 2006/07 Itumeleng Khune has been in the team, he’s the captain and it was the right time for him to return,” the German said, per Nkululeko Dladla [Kick off].

 

‘We saw him through preparations on how far he is, had a long chat with Akpeyi as he had a fantastic start, it was tough but he understood it and showed a lot of respect about it.”

 

Akpeyi, 33, joined Kaizer Chiefs mid way through the last season and his way back to the side’s starting XI is uncertain.

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