Akpeyi makes way on the bench as Itumeleng nears Kaizer Chiefs return


Daniel Akpeyi future at Kaizer Chiefs appears in doubt after news of the first choice Itumelenge Khune’s return filtered into camp.

Khune was out for the most part of the 2018/19 season due to injury, but he now seems marginally certified by the medical team, to return to action for Amakhosi footballlive.ng gathered.


The news of the South Africa International’s return could bode as bad news for Akpeyi who is already third choice to Bruce Bvuma.


Akpeyi joined Kaizer Chiefs in the January transfer window last season, as cover for the injured Khune.


The 33 year-old Nigerian Goalkeeper started the club’s opening game of the 2019/20 Absa Premiership season, a 3-2 win over Highlands Park, on the bench.


“With ‘Itu’ [Khune] out injured‚ we are obviously challenged when it comes to experience and we had to look for an experienced goalkeeper who will take us forward and compete with the challenges that we had,” Amakhosi football manager Bobby Motaung said on Akpeyi’s arrival earlier this year.


“We left the issue in the hands of the goalkeeper-coach [Lee Baxter] to look for someone and fortunately on Wednesday we finally came into discussion with Chippa‚ and they were willing to release him to us.


“It was a blessing to get an experienced goalkeeper like him who was at the FIFA World Cup [in Russia] last year.”


With Khune close to full fitness, it remains to be seen what the future holds for Akpeyi who could well be on his way out of Naturena come the New Year.


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