Akpeyi, Daniel

Daniel Akpeyi Responds To Criticism About His Performance – Soccer Laduma

June 25, 2019

Daniel Akpeyi has responded to criticism about his performance for Nigeria so far during their Africa Cup of Nations campaign in Egypt. 

The Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper was selected to start in coach Gernot Rohr’s team as Nigeria got their 2019 AFCON campaign underway with a match against Burundi at the weekend. 

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Although the Super Eagles went on to win the match 1-0, there has been criticism from the football fraternity in Nigeria about the performances of some individual players, including Akpeyi.  

Speaking to Owngoalnigeria.com, the Amakhosi shot-stopper has hit back at the critics to say that his individual performance should not be a focus over the results achieved by the team.

“I can’t say I helped the team win. I did my job and other did theirs as well. It’s a team effort and it’s what matters most. We keep improving from game to game and with or without individual errors the idea is to win games and we did that against Burundi,” the 32-year-old goalkeeper told Owngoalnigeria.com. 

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In their next match, Nigeria are scheduled to face Guinea on Wednesday afternoon at the Alexandria Stadium.

“Whoever is picked will get the support of the other goalkeepers. I will like to continue in goal for the rest of the tournament but it’s not my decision to make but that of the coaches. I will keep working hard for the good of the team,” added Akpeyi.