Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi has for the first time spoken out about his fears following the recent outbreak of attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa.
The impact of the xenophobic attacks last month, which also impacted Bafana Bafana’s friendly fixtures last month, has extended beyond the affected areas but also caused fear amongst many foreign nationals working and living in the country.
Nigerians in particularly from around the continent have expressed their outrage on social media at the events that unfolded, and some locally based have also looked to share truths about the extent of the situation.
Akpeyi, meanwhile, who has endured his own abuse from Chiefs fans since he arrived at the club from Chippa United in January, has since opened up about how he has been fearing for his own safety whenever he steps out onto the pitch, similar to how coach Ernst Middendorp described regarding the forced inclusion of Itumeleng Khune against Baroka.
“To be honest, at a point in time I was a bit worried because I understand I’m not one of the most loved by the fans – I’m sorry to say that,” said Akpeyi.
“So, it always gets to me when I have to play and I say, ‘Daniel, you have to do well!’ Because I might be someone that they turn around against.
“Even when it’s supposed to be a normal football game, at the end of the day, because of our crazy mentality, things might just turn around.
“So, somehow I was beat between two options, but at the end of the day it is what it is, I have to just make up my mind and put my foot down.”
Amakhosi will host Golden Arrows in their next Absa Premiership clash at FNB Stadium this evening (19h30).