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I’m ready to be Eagles first choice keeper – Akpeyi

Daniel Akpeyi, who had an impressive game in Nigeria’s 1-1 draw against South Africa in a friendly last Sunday, has said he is ready to become Nigeria’s number one goalkeeper.

The 28-year old saved a penalty and had an impressive game against the Bafana Bafana in the absence of captain Vincent Enyeama, and vice-captain Austin Ejide, and he says he is ready to be the Eagles’ first choice goalkeeper if given the opportunity, saying the team need time to

Daniel Akpeyi
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“I have always been ready to be Nigeria’s first choice goalkeeper,” he told the Nigeria Football Federation Website.

“And I would say it was a great privilege to be in goal for my country last Sunday and it turned out to be the way it was.

“I’m only doing what I’m supposed to do as a goalkeeper and surprisingly I heard people congratulating me for having such a good game.

“But anytime any day, I think I will always prepare my mind to be ready for such occasion again,” he stated.

But despite having a great individual game, it wasn’t the best of games for the team and the 28-year old says it will take some time for them to gel since some new players are only just coming through.

“Football is not an individual game, it’s a team sport and when you have new players coming together, it will take some time for them to blend,” Akpeyi said.


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