Ernst Middendorp: 'Daniel Akpeyi is the No. 1 the entire season'

Ernst Middendorp: 'Daniel Akpeyi is the No. 1 the entire season'

- Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has said that Daniel Akpeyi is going to the Chiefs goalkeeper for the rest of the season

- Itumeleng Khune has been left off the bench following "challenges" which have prevented him from attending training

- Middendorp knows that it is going to be tough having conceded 6 goals in the last 3 matches

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Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has revealed that Daniel Akpeyi is going to the Chiefs goalkeeper for the rest of the season.

Itumeleng Khune will not even be on the bench. This is due to the veteran player "missing training" due to "challenges" according to Sunday Times.

Middendorp did not elaborate on what these challenges were.

Akpeyi has let six goals slip past in three matches and they have some challenging games coming up.

Ernst Middendorp: 'Daniel Akpeyi is the No. 1 the entire season'

Daniel Akpeyi will be filling Itumeleng Khune's boots for the rest of the season. Photo credit: Facebook/@Kaizer Chiefs
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Briefly.co.za learned that Middendorp voiced his concerns over this but is optimistic that it will be addressed.

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"This is definitely something to highlight‚ something that annoys me a little bit - we concede goals in critical phases; meaning at the end of a first half‚ in the 45th minute‚" the coach said."
"The game against Bloemfontein‚ lack of concentration‚ lack of being focused. I was asking for a fully sharp focus for 90 minutes."
"Coming out of the dressing room we concede the second goal in the 47th minute."
"Playing Bidvest Wits we concede in the 89th minute. These are all critical phases where you ask yourself‚ 'What's happening?' Keep the focus‚ keep the concentration."
"But it happens. And it's definitely something to be addressed‚ and that's what we are doing."

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The Chiefs have accumulated 52 points in 25 matches.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that a failed free-kick between Kaizer Chiefs players Khama Billiat and Bernard Parker has made it's way to social media after their match against Bloemfontein Celtic.

The blunder has left social media users reeling as they aren't able to comprehend how such a mistake could happen. A video of the free-kick was uploaded to Twitter by user @Buti_Hlomz with the caption:

"You're evil for this @BernardParker!"

In other news, Khama Billiat turned 30-years old. The famous footballer plays for Kaizer Chiefs as a midfielder. Staying true to his birthplace, Zimbabwe, the young star also plays for the country's national team.

Khama who is a doting father of one, started off his South African football career playing for Ajax. In July 2012, during a friendly encounter during the off season, Ajax Cape Town held the visiting Manchester United to a 1–1 draw.

After the game, Khama Billiat received high praise from Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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