Chiefs back their goalkeeper: “We’ve seen a fantastic Daniel Akpeyi”

Chiefs back their goalkeeper: “We’ve seen a fantastic Daniel Akpeyi”

- Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has leapt to the defence of Daniel Akpeyi

- The goalkeeper has come in for criticism following his error against Maritzburg United over the weekend

- The costly fumble contributed to a Chiefs loss, but Middendorp cited the Nigerian's overall top form this season

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The goalkeeping merry-go-round seems in full swing at Kaizer Chiefs.

It wasn't long ago that Itumeleng Khune seemed impossible to displace at the Amakhosi's number one, but then Akpeyi made the position his own.

Now, some Khune fans are calling for the former Bafana star to be reinstated.

The Nigerian has been in such great form that he's won the Absa Premiership player of the month awards and supporters have been chanting his name.

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However, there have now been calls for him to be axed following his costly blunder against Maritzburg United.

The Nigerian goalkeeper came, but failed to collect a cross, which gifted a great goal-scoring chance, which Maritzburg happily accepted.

While the fans are fuming, coach Ernst Middendorp has called for calm and a balanced approach.

Middendorp explained, “We have seen a fantastic Daniel Akpeyi over months, rescuing us in the final stages of many matches and saving crucial penalties.”

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Daily Sun reported that Middendorp feels the fans would remain loyal to Akpeyi and support his decision to retain the shot-stopper.

The German continued, "They will not be getting carried away because there was a small mistake and we conceded.”

However, learnt that Khune would be coming in for Akepyi for the Nedbank Cup fixture against Highlands Park.

Middendorp added, “We have done it last season with Bruce Bvuma in a cup competition and we are doing it this season with Itu Khune.”

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