The confirmation of Akpeyi’s deal with Chippa comes just days after KickOff.com reported that The Chilli Boys had made a sensational offer for Itumeleng Khune, which the former Kaizer Chiefs keeper’s handlers have since turned down.
It emerged today that Khune’s representatives did receive the offer from Chippa that KickOff.com reported about, but they have categorically stated that they will not be considering it.
Akpeyi’s move to Chippa is subject to the issuing of a work-permit, which he is still waiting for from Nigeria.
“Daniel has signed for Chippa. They actually initially spotted him when Bafana Bafana played against Nigeria in a friendly match in Mbombela.
“It is a two-year contract and he is now just waiting for his papers before joining up with his teammates,” Lawal tells KickOff.com.
The 28-year-old is a 2005 Under-20 World Cup silver medallist who has been on the books of Warri Wolves back in Nigeria and is second choice to Vincent Enyeama in the Super Eagles.
With Akpeyi still to arrive, Chippa have only had two goalkeepers Veli Mothwa and Tshepo Motsoeneng at training during pre-season, but neither are poised to be first choice in the new season.
Meanwhile, Chippa have retained the services of Buyani Sali, despite the pint-sized midfielder starting just a single match last season.
Sali also managed another four substitute appearances during a season in which he found himself on the bench and the stands more often than he played.
Lukhanyo Mzinzi, the Chippa spokesman, confirms that Sali will be staying put at the club.
“The club has extended his contract and he will be staying on this season. He is part of the coach’s plans and though he didn’t play much last season we all know about what he is capable of doing,” says Mzinzi.
Sali was an influential figure during the club’s first promotion campaign in the NFD (2011/12), playing the most games (32 starts) at the club, and also went on to perform well in his first PSL season with 19 starts.
He then briefly moved to Polokwane City after their promotion but didn’t last long there and was soon back with The Chilli Boys, playing a key role in the NFD again as they made their way back to the PSL.