Chippa United goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi looks set to start in goal for Nigeria when the Super Eagles visit Bafana Bafana at FNB Stadium on Saturday.
Nigeria were dealt a blow when number one shot-stopper Francis Uzoho, 20, was ruled out of the game against Bafana due to injury and was replaced by Enyimba’s Theophilus Afelokhai, who performed well for his club during their run to the CAF Confederation Cup semi-finals. Uzoho was ruled out for four weeks after his Spanish La Liga side Elche lost 5-1 to Cagiz on November 5.
It’s understood that Afelokhai will be the third choice goalkeeper following a three-year absence, as Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa fight for the number one jersey while Uzoho is away.
Akpeyi, who was part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup squad, has been waiting for an opportunity to play and could get it in familiar territory. He knows the conditions in South Africa and Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr could give the shot-stopper an opportunity to prove himself on Saturday.
The 32-year-old Akpeyi has played 11 matches for the Chilli Boys in all competitions this season, keeping four clean sheets. The major concern will be that he has conceded 11 goals in as many games.