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‘Why I Lost My First Choice Spot To Uzoho’ – Akpeyi Reveals

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Chippa United shot stopper Daniel Akpeyi has for the first time disclosed the reason why he is no longer the first choice goalkeeper of the senior national team of Nigeria, Super Eagles.

Akpeyi was the deputy to Carl Ikeme but fitness issues saw him relinquish his spot to Ikechukwu Ezenwa before Francis Uzoho stepped up to claim the role just before the World Cup 2018 in Russia.

Uzoho is out injured ahead of Nigeria’s upcoming international engagements against South Africa in the AFCON 2019 Qualifiers and the friendly against Uganda leaving a gap for Akpeyi to slug it out with Ezenwa for the first choice spot.

Speaking with journalists, the 32 year old revealed the errors he made in previous games cost him his spot but he will win it back as he now know what to do when the Eagles resume camp.

“I know that if I keep on working very hard in training and in matches for my club, Chippa United, I can still regain my number one place in the Super Eagles.

“We have good goalkeepers in the Super Eagles and I lost my position due to one or two errors I committed while in goal, but that is in the past and I strongly believe that if I continue to work hard, I will regain my number one position in the Super Eagles.” Akpeyi said.

“To be in the Super Eagles squad is a great honour. I learnt new things whenever I am in the camp of the national team. There is no doubt that we have good goalkeepers in the national team and I will keep on improving my game to become number one again in the Super Eagles,” he said.

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