Kaizer Chiefs shot stopper Daniel Akpeyi was named as the Absa Premiership player of the month for September/October 2019. The goalkeeper featured in four league games in this time starting three and making one substitute appearance as Chiefs won three league matches.
The Nigerian international was in goal when Chiefs lost to Polokwane City in a 1-0 home defeat on the 14th September, he then came on a substitute for Chiefs in a 1-0 home win against Baroka on the 28th September at FNB Stadium replacing Itumeleng Khune. He played for just over an hour keeping his goal intact as Chiefs picked up three points, making a number of key saves as he was named as man of the match in this game.
Akpeyi was pleased to have won the award saying, “I am really delighted. After going through what I have and becoming player of the month is encouraging. It says a lot about how much you put in, hard work and perseverance lead to being rewarded”.
The 33-year-old goalkeeper then started Chiefs next league game a 2-0 win over Golden Arrows at home on the 1st October. He was then back manning the line for Chiefs in another 2-0 win against Mamelodi Sundowns on the 27th October at Loftus Versfeld.
The win against Sundowns saw Chiefs take a firm grip on top spot and according to Akpeyi it was a key game win in keeping the Amakhosi ahead of the chasing pack.
“Every game I played prepared me for the next game. The games before the Sundowns match got me ready for that game. As a player you want to win important games – the game against Sundowns was an important one and it was a game I was delighted that we won,” he says.
Akpeyi who kept three successive clean-sheets in the period in question also thanked his teammates and his fellow goalkeepers and coaches for the work put in on the training ground which has helped him win this was award.
“I want to thank the coaching crew, the head coach and our goalkeeper coach Lee Baxter. They were patient with me and helped me along the way. To all the players as well in the squad for being supportive and to my fellow goalkeepers, I would like to say our department has healthy competition because we push each other to be the best, I thank them as well,” says the Nigerian shot stopper.
The keeper kept his 5th clean sheet in his 9th league outing of the season as he returned to action after a one game suspension, as Chiefs defeated Stellenbosch 4-0 on Wednesday evening to cement their place at the top of the Absa Premiership log with a seventh straight league wins.