Super Eagles goalkeeper coach, Alloy Agu has said that confidence gained in previous outings by Daniel Akpeyi will be crucial for him when Nigeria square off against its longtime rival, South Africa on Wednesday in an Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) quarterfinal match in Cairo.
Concise News reports that Akpeyi has been named in the starting eleven in three of the four matches the three-time African champions have played in Egypt so far, and he is expected to be between the sticks once again in a mouth-watering tie with the Bafana Bafana tonight.
His coach, Agu says he is working hard to make sure not just Akpeyi, but also Francis Uzoho and Ikechukwu Ezenwa are on top of their game.
“We’ve been talking and we’ve been working. Confidence is being acquired by experience. And confidence is being acquired by your daily routine, by what you do.
“He has played the first game for us; he has played the second game for us; he has played the third game for us. Eventually, the next game, you are going to expect him to gain that confidence. You are going to expect him to do better than what he has done before.
“When we look at what he has done before, he has not done badly. But, there is always room for improvement. And we are working on it to make sure that Daniel [Akpeyi] and the two other goalkeepers are on top of their game,” the former Kayserispor of Turkey shot-stopper explains to NFF Media.
Presently, Akpeyi plays in the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) with Kaizer Chiefs.
Since exiting the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) four years ago, the 32-year-old has plied his trade in the Southern Africa country. Hence, he is familiar with Nigeria’s opponent on Wednesday.