- Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi produced a man of the match display against Orlando Pirates on Saturday
- Akpeyi answered his critics emphatically following calls for him to be dropped
- The Nigerian paid tribute to Khune, but also called on fans not to be divisive and to support the squad as a whole
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Kaizer Chiefs surprised many pundits with their 1-0 victory over the in-form Orlando Pirates on Saturday.
Although Chiefs were already top of the Absa Premiership log, many experts felt the Buccaneers would have the edge based on recent results.
Goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi was the catalyst for the excellent victory as he produced a man of the match performance, with some unbelievable saves.
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The Nigerian went from villain to hero as many critics called for him to be dropped for the veteran Itumeleng Khune.
To his credit, coach Ernst Middendorp stuck to his guns and valiantly defended Akepyi, as per a Briefly.co.za report.
Both Middendorp and Akpeyi were vindicated following the epic display and the Nigerian shared some advice for the fans via SuperSport TV.
Akpeyi said, "When these people [fans] turned against me but they [coaches] stood by my side and believed in me and we as a team we have it at the back of our minds that we're the only ones on the field. It's only when it's good you get the support but when it's not good you get turned down."
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The Nigerian shot-stopper added, "Yes it, I want to say this again, every supporter should support the entire team not the individual because that's the problem I think we have and I told everyone that's supporting me, stop tugging me against my reserve goalkeeper or Khune rather, because as far as I'm concerned, he's a legend and he's still number one."
Akpeyi also touched on some of the Amakhosi tactics and revealed the deliberate plan not to play out wide.
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