Chiefs keeper moves to quarter century mark

Premiership

Nigerian goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi upped his value at Kaizer Chiefs by pushing his clean sheet further up since joining the club.

Akpeyi kept a clean sheet on Sunday evening as Chiefs recorded a 1-0 win away at Maritzburg United to move within eight points of leaders Mamelodi Sundowns though the champions have played a game less.

The clean sheet at Harry Gwala was number 25 for Akpeyi.

He has reached his quarter-century in 64 games that he has played since arriving from Chippa United.

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Through his time at Chiefs, the 35-year-old has kept clean sheets against the league’s traditional giants Sundowns and Orlando Pirates.

It is only new boys Royal AM and Sekhukhune United along with Swallows and SuperSport United that he is yet to keep a clean sheet against of the teams that play in the PSL.

Akpeyi has been a favourite of many in the stands through his time with AmaKhosi but has kept won the over the trust of all coaches he has played under from Ernst Middendorop, Gavin Hunt and Stuart Baxter.

This season he started off at the back of the queue behind Itumeleng Khune, Bruce Bvuma and Brandon Peterson but has now played seven in a row keeping three clean sheets.

His overall clean sheet count at Chiefs is at 39%.

Since Khune played nine in a row back in 2018 before his shoulder injury, Akpeyi is now the only one to either match or surpass that feat.

Long-time favourite and club legend Khune – who has always been expected to provide the sternest challenge to Akpeyi – has now found himself dropping down the pecking order so much that he is no longer included in the match day squad.

Khune has featured in just a quarter of all the games that Chiefs have played in the last four years. 

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