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Akpeyi targets ABSA Premiership golden glove award

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Super Eagles goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi is in line to win the goalkeeper of the season award in South Africa, The Athletic NG reports.

Akpeyi boasts an impressive 47.4 percent clean sheet ratio, having kept his side from conceding in 9 of his 17 appearances this season.

The former Warri Wolves goalkeeper has established himself as Kaizer chiefs’ first choice ahead of Itumeleng Khune and Brune Bvuma.

The coveted gong is awarded to the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets in the ABSA Premiership.

The 33-year-old Nigeria international will hope to use the remaining eight games of the campaign to win the golden gloves award.

The Absa Premiership was suspended in March due to spread of coronavirus pandemic.

Log leaders Kaizer Chiefs currently boast the joint-second-best defensive record in the league this season, having conceded 17 goals in 22 games thus far.

It is therefore no surprise that goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi is amongst the top candidates for the coveted gong, which is awarded to the player that has kept the most clean sheets.

Amakhosi’s last man in defence has had his fair share of criticism since arriving at Naturena in January last year, but has since established himself as the team’s first-choice.

Khune, who returned from a long-term injury at the start of 2020, has been rooted to the bench as coach Ernst Middendorp retains faith in Akpeyi’s abilities.

The Nigerian is ranked 3rd on Absa Premiership’s leading goalkeepers behind Maritzburg United’s Richard Ofori – 10 clean sheets in 22 games (45,5%) and SuperSport United’s Ronwen Williams – 11 clean sheets in 24 games (45,8%), who are second and first respectively.

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