Akpeyi hints at Chiefs exit for European move

His impressive displays for Kaizer Chiefs this campaign has not gone unnoticed, and goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi has now admitted that he would like to fulfill his dream of plying his trade overseas.

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The 33-year-old Nigerian international has of late attracted a lot of interest from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait as well as an unknown club from Belgium who are said to have tabled a R40 million offer for the shotstopper.

Khune and I are like brothers - Daniel Akpeyi
Daniel Akpeyi mobbed by Kaizer Chiefs players. (Image: TimesLIVE)

Despite a slow start to his Amakhosi career, Akpeyi has since won over the hearts of dozens of the Chiefs faithful, most notably during the Soweto Derby victory against Orlando Pirates when he single-handedly kept the Buccaneers attack at bay with his heroics on the day.

His performances led to the Naturena outfit offering him a two-year deal, but it seems as though Akpeyi could be headed overseas for pastures green.

“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,” Akpeyi was quoted as saying by Nigerian publication Punchng.com.

“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, ” Akpeyi said.

The former Chippa United goalminder also made mention of the rivalry between him and club legend Itumeleng Khune, and the competition for number one jersey between them at the club.

“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, ” the Super Eagles number one said.

“But most especially with the experience of Itumeleng Khune in the team, being a hero, being a legend, we actually learn from him everyday to become better.

“It has really been a 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 explained.

The Glamour Boys goalkeeper is already tipped to be top contender for the Goalkeeper of the Season accolade, having kept nine clean sheets in 21 matches for Chiefs this campaign.

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