Nigeria goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi has commended Super Eagles stand-in manager, Daniel Amokachi who handed him his first career start in the senior national team.
Akpeyi, Warri Wolves goaltender, stood out shoulders high in Super Eagles 1-1 draw with Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Sunday’s international friendly match in Nelspruit.
“I’ve to say thank you to the coaches under Daniel Amokachi for having the confidence to give me the opportunity to be in goal for the Super Eagles against South Africa”, starts the former Heartland of Owerri shot-stopper.
“No matter how good you are, if you are not given the opportunity to display what you have, nobody will notice your potentials so I must say big kudos to Amokachi and the other Super Eagles coaches.”
It was Akpeyi’s first start for the Eagles having made his debut in the 2-0 defeat of Yemen in Dubai in January with goals from Mfom Udoh and Azubuike Egwuekwe in 26th and 64th minutes respectively.
“The game against South Africa was not my first for the Super Eagles, instead it was my first start for the Eagles.
“My first game for the Eagles was in Dubai in January this year when I came in the last 15 minutes of the game against Yemen.
“However, I must commend Vincent Enyeama for the ‘Big Brother’ role he’s played in my career.
“Enyeama has been a big brother to me, I appreciate his encouragement and confidence to me, always urging me to be confident of myself and this has played a big role in my career.
“Talking about my expectation, I’ll say that has to do with getting more chances, more opportunities and to do much better in terms of performances.
“To do this, of course, calls for more hard work, dedication and commitment. Yes, as a goalkeeper, I’m just one member of the team, I did what I was supposed to do and it’s all kudos to all my teammates for working hard together and keeping the spirit together”, Akpeyi stressed.