Chiefs sign Akpeyi to fill Khune void

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Daniel Akpeyi of Chippa United
  • Post published:January 31, 2019

Chippa United chief operations officer Lukhayo Mzinzi confirmed that the club have sold goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi to Kaizer Chiefs.

The Nigerian keeper completed a move to Natuerna on Thursday just hours before the Premier Soccer League transfer window closed at midnight.

The 32-year-old will come in to fill the void left by the injured Itumeleng Khune, as his deputy Virgil Vries has made a number of high-profile errors.

Akpeyi’s contract was set to run out at the Chilli Boys in six month which made it an easy business decision for the club, according to Mzinzi.

‘Chiefs made a very good offer to the club‚’ Mzinzi told TimesLIVE on Thursday.

‘We considered that Daniel is in his last six months of his contract. As much as he is one of our most consistent and valuable members‚ we could not let him go for free.

‘We think we have made a good business move by selling him before his contract ends.

‘We thank [him for] his loyalty to the club. Through him our club is known beyond South Africa‚ because he was one of the members of the World Cup squad for Nigeria.

‘We also got some incentives through that. This is a second time now that we are getting an incentive through him in terms of selling him before this contract ends.

‘We want to thank him and his family. We want to thank [him for] his professionalism‚ we wish him all the best for the future.

‘We release him with a very open heart.’

The Nigerian joined Chippa in 2015 from Warrior Wolves of Nigeria, and was the only player in the PSL to play in last year’s Fifa World Cup.

Chiefs then later on in the day confirmed the move via their twitter account.

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