Akpeyi fears losing Kaizer Chiefs' No. 1 spot to Itumeleng Khune
Akpeyi fears losing Kaizer Chiefs' No. 1 spot to Itumeleng Khune
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Akpeyi fears losing Kaizer Chiefs' No. 1 spot to Itumeleng Khune

Super Eagles goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi is aware the return of Itumeleng Khune from injury means he is relegated from the number one spot at Kaizer Chiefs.

Kaizer Chiefs host SuperSport United in their third South African Premier Soccer League game of the season this weekend, and Khune is expected to make a return.

While Khune was out-injured, Akpeyi shared the gloves with Bruce Bvuma at Kaizer Chiefs.

In addition, the former Chippa United gloveman explains his fears of losing his the Super Eagles number one spot, adding he hopes the Nigeria coaches will understand the dynamics at his club even if he is not playing regular football.

“I am in a team where I will not be playing 100% of games. That should be understood because there is no way that I can push Khune aside no matter if he is on form or not, he has this background that it would be difficult for you to push him out, I am just being honest about it,” noted the 33-year-old.

“But for whoever is the head [coach of Nigeria], as long as he understands the dynamics and how things work, as long as I am free and doing my best here and the report gets to them, it will be up to them to decide if they want to give me a chance and still believe I can make it work with the national team.”

Akpeyi won bronze with the Super Eagles at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations but was not included by coach Gernot Rohr in his squad that will face Ukraine in an international friendly match on September 10 in Kyiv.

 

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