Daniel Akpeyi eyes out European opportunities

Kaizer Chiefs and Nigeria goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi has again said that he would like to end his career in Europe. He adds that he cannot guarantee that he would stay in the South African Premier Soccer League despite recently signing a new deal.

The 33-year-old Nigeria international limited his playing career to Africa having started in Nigeria with Gabros, Heartland, Nasarawa and Warri Wolves, before the move to South Africa’s Chippa United in 2015.

Akpeyi told National Daily, “Well, the dream of every player, or let me just say the dream of some African players is to actually play in Europe, where football was invented.

 “So, if I have the opportunity, yes I will, when the opportunity comes, why not? I would like to finish my career in Europe.

 “There are possibilities that it can happen and I look forward to it.”

The Super Eagles goalkeeper added that he has learned a lot through the 2019/20 season, having become Chiefs’ number one ahead of Itumeleng Khune. The former club favourite Khume has suffered from injuries through the campaign.

 He noted, “Frankly speaking, it has been a hell of a competition between us in the goalkeeping department because a lot of us have a lot to offer but most especially with the experience of Itumeleng Khune in the team, being a hero, being a legend, we actually learn from him every day to become better.

 “It has really been positive energy from that department. So, that is why we can say for now that the department is strong and we are more like brothers in that department because we support each other whenever anyone gets the nod to play.”

Akpeyi made the switch to PSL giants Kaiser Chiefs first on a temporary basis. His new full contract with the club runs to the end of the 2021/22 season.