Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi has been cited among the club’s long list of stars that make them the Premier Soccer League (PSL) side with the highest number of players going to this year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Akpeyi, who is set to be Nigeria’s first choice keeper at AFCON 2019, is one of seven players from Amakhosi heading for action in Egypt, where a total of 45 players based in South Africa set to participate.
Akpeyi’s club has the largest number of players attached to various clubs from the top two divisions in South Africa, and the former Heartland of Owerri, Warri Wolves of Delta State and Chippa United of South Africa shot-stopper will aim to add to his resurgence of fortunes in Egypt.
He has apparently regained his trust in the sight of Super Eagles’ coach, Gernot Rohr, following his mid-season transfer from Chiippa to Kaizer, which tended to underscore the value with which he is regarded in The Rainbow Nation, where he had a decent run of games this season.
A feature write-up on PSL players heading for action at Egypt 2019 stated: “Naturally, Bafana Bafana boast the most South African-based players totaling 17 of their 23-man squad currently in Egypt, while Zimbabwe are a close second with 14 PSL players.
“COSAFA neighbours Namibia also have seven of their Brave Warriors plying their trade among the Premiership and First Division, while Uganda, Nigeria, Madagascar, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Burundi round out the list.
“As far as club representation goes, Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs have seven players contesting the continental showpiece, while Mamelodi Sundowns share six of their squad members with the competing nations. League runners-up Orlando Pirates have only four.
“Full list of PSL players by club: Chiefs (7): Daniel Akpeyi (Nigeria), Bruce Bvuma, Daniel Cardoso, Ramahlwe Mphahlele (all Bafana), Teenage Hadebe, Khama Billiat (both Zimbabwe), Adriamirado Andrianarmanana (Madagascar).”