Akpeyi Passes First Soweto Derby Test With Kaizer

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Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi was in the bright spotlight at the weekend, as he got a starting shirt with his club for the Soweto Derby against Orlando Pirates, for which he lined out in jersey number 40 at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg.

That put an end to a debate about his ability or not to hold his own in such a terse game, so soon after his transfer, as Akpeyi helped his side draw 1-1 with The Pirates, footballlive.ng reports.

The scoreline left Akpeyi’s new club in seventh position with Mamelodi Sundowns in second place, three points behind Bidvest Wits.

At the end of it all, Akpeyi won sweet words from Orlando Pirates ex-player, Benedict ‘Tso’ Vilakazi, as he reflected on the action and tactical battle between both coaches, Ernst Middendorp and Milutin Sredojevic.

Though there were just two goals, Vilakazi feels both sets of supporters got value for money given the end-to-end excitement that was enacted.

Vilakazi added: “I was not disappointed. The only thing I was looking at was the response from Chiefs and it was just as I expected.

“Overall, I’d say the game was very balanced and the result was fair for both teams. To be honest, I knew it would be a draw.

“The only thing I was unsure of was who would be in goal for Chiefs, and when I saw Akpeyi, I thought maybe we would see something different. But I think he did well.”

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