Super Eagles’ third choice goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi has joined the clan of shot-stoppers with large numbers of the back of their jersey, as he is to don figure 40 at his new club, Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa.
Although Akpeyi did not get any figure during his unveiling by the Johannesburg-based Chiefs, he turned up for his first two sessions at the team’s Soweto district training ground wearing jersey number 40.
The former Warri Wolves of Delta State and Heartland of Owerri keeper, who joined Amakhosi on January transfer deadline day from their Premier Soccer League (PSL) rivals, Chippa United, got down to the business of seeking a starting shirt on Saturday against Orlando Pirates.
Amidst fervid debate over whether he would be able to withstand the storm of a potentially feisty Soweto Derby, so early on arrival at Chiefs, Akpeyi set about trying to convince the coach, Ernst Middendorp that he was up to the task, as he aimed to hit the ground running.
Akpeyi was then in the spotlight once again, with pundits highlighting how symbolic it was, seeing the Nigerian shot-stopper step out at FNB Stadium wearing jersey number 40 for Amokhosi.
That put an end to the debate about Akpeyi’s ability or not to hold his own in such a terse derby, as he performed creditably in helping his side eke out a 1-1 draw with The Pirates.