Former Super Eagles manager, Samson Siasia has rated Daniel Akpeyi high, saying he was the best Eagles performer against Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at the Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit.
The Super Eagles looked end their two game winless streak at the Mbombela stadium before Bongani Zungu equalised for the hosts with a minute left.
The 2013 AFCON champions were seconds away from clinching a win when CSKA Moscow winger Ahmed Musa curled in an 85th minute strike but the effort was pegged back with Zungu’s rebound.
The Warri Wolves shot stopper had earlier stopped a penalty that would have given the South Africans the lead in a largely lackluster encounter.
“The goalkeeper is the best player against South Africa but his defence let him down at the crucial moment,” says Siasia.
“Akpeyi deserved a victory in the clash to compensate his five-star performance in the game.
“It’s unfortunate they allowed what would’ve been a deserved victory to slip off their hands at the most inauspicious time.
“I congratulate the captain on match day, Ahmed Musa for the wonderful opening goal against South Africa.
“Musa at times played as if he wasn’t there, a bit listless and anonymous but he remains a good player.
“His solo goal effort is wonderful on his special day as the captain of the side,” said Siasia who stated in a post match analysis on AIT.
Sunday’s score draw in Nelspruit adds up the statistics of seven wins, four draws and a loss in favour of the Nigerians.