Rohr Reveals Akpeyi Will Start In Goal Against Benin

Rohr Reveals Akpeyi Will Start In Goal Against Benin

Nigeria’s Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has hinted that Kaizer Chiefs’ goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi has the best chance of starting between the sticks against Benin today.

Akpeyi, 33, has been impressive for the Amakhosiso far this season keeping five clean sheets despite being heavily criticized  for his poor positioning.


A knee Injury during the last international break ruled Francis Uzoho out of Nigeria’s latest squad after starting their last two games against Ukraine and Brazil.


Rohr invited Akpeyi, Katsina United’s Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Fortuna Dusseldorf’s Maduka Okoye for the Super Eagles’ games against the Squirrels on Wednesday(today) and Lesotho on Sunday.


The German coach, however, indicated that the South Africa-based star might be given the starter’s berth today.


“We are not lucky in this goalkeeper position. If you remember with what already happened before with Carl Ikeme and then we had the problem that Uzoho did not play in his club last season,”


“After only having one training session, to start him would not be a gift for him, perhaps. So we will be very careful, we don’t want to burn him.


“He is here for the future, but we have a chance to see again perhaps Daniel Akpeyi who is doing very well for his club. The no. 1 for Kaizer Chiefs so he has experience in a young team.


“We will see. We have Ezenwa also but he didn’t play much in the league, so I think you can find yourself a solution for tomorrow.”


Akpeyi was Nigeria’s first choice goalkeeper at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt and has played three games, keeping two clean sheets.

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