Former Super Eagles and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Willy Okpara has given Daniel Akpeyi tips on how to become first choice at South African giants Kaizer Chiefs.
Akpeyi has played the most minutes in the last two seasons of all goalkeepers at Chiefs.
But so far this season he has found regular playing time hard to come by.
Itumeleng Khune conceded twice against Mamelodi Sundowns in an MTN8 opener and was subsequently dropped.
With Bruce Bvuma next conceding three in three appearances after which Brandon Petersen was beaten four times against Royal AM.
Akpeyi was then handed a start last Sunday against Marumo Gallants and impressed in a goalless draw with Chiefs grabbing a point.
And Okpara, winner of the CAF Champions League with Pirates in 1995, advised his compatriot on how to become a regular at one of South Africa’s biggest clubs.
“It is always important to understand that being a goalkeeper is a delicate position and the only way to maintain your place is by making sure that whenever you are called upon you try as much as possible to avoid mistakes,” Okpara was quoted on kick-off.com.
“Do your best even when the team is losing 5-0 so that they say if it wasn’t for the keeper, we would have conceded 13.
“Yes, we are humans, and we are bound to make mistakes, but always seek to not repeat them. Akpeyi must continue being true to goalkeeping by training hard, supporting the one who is playing and making use of his chance when it comes so that you stay in the team.
“This was my weapon when I was still playing at Pirates. I never surrendered the opportunity, and he must capitalise on his chance because goalkeeping is the only position where only one can play at a time, unlike outfield players which have situations where even four strikers can all play depending on the situation.”
The 1998 FIFA World Cup star added:”With keepers, it is one at a time and it is important to understand and support the one playing. I don’t think Daniel should even feel that he is not the first-choice because his chance is coming after others.
“He must believe in making a difference when he plays. It is important to be calm and never feel inferior. There is no need to feel inferior at Kaizer Chiefs because this is a bog club that will always want to have a strong goalkeeping department.”
Chiefs are away to AmaZulu this weekend and it remains to be who Stuart Baxter will decide to play between the posts.
Barcelona Is Yet To Receive Ousmane Dembélé’s Final Decision
Barcelona have not received any final communication by Ousmane Dembélé yet. No update after the meeting with his agent on Monday.
Barcelona are aware of PSG interest alongside other two clubs, but they are still waiting for Ousmane’s final decision.
Eguavoen Congratulates Mourinho After Roma’s Europa Conference League Success
Former Super Eagles defender and coach, Austin Eguavoen has congratulated AS Roma boss, Jose Mourinho after his team won the UEFA Europa Conference League title on Wednesday night.
Roma defeated Eredivisie side Feyenoord 1-0 at the Arena Kombetare in Tirana.
Nicolo Zaniolo scored the only CmaTrends of the game in the 32nd minute of the first half.
There were no further goals scored after the break with Feyenoord missing a number of chances.
Eguavoen took to his Twitter handle to congratulate Mourinho on the achievement.
“Congratulations to Jose Mourinho and AS ROMA on the UEFA Europa Conference League Triumph. A champion in the truest sense of the word. One of the greatest to ever do it . Still and always will be the special one,” Eguavoen Tweeted.
With the victory, Mourinho has become the first coach to win all three European Cup competitions- the Champions League,Europa League and the Europa Conference League.
Roma are also the first Italian side to win a European club competition since 2010.
Roma the first team ever to win the Europa Conference League finished sixth in the Serie A with 63 points after 38 games.
Arsenal Keeping Tabs On Former Chelsea Striker
Arsenal reportedly remain keen to bring former Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata back to England with Juventus unwilling to permanently sign the Atletico Madrid striker.
Morata, 29, has spent the last two years on loan with Juventus but the player has been deemed as too expensive by the Serie A giants.
And according to AS, Juve have already dolled out £17m on Morata’s two-year spell in Turin.
And Atletico are demanding £30m from Juve to turn Morata’s temporary stay into a permanent switch.
Juve are said to be unwilling to match their demands, and are only prepared to hand over a further £17m.
All signs point towards a return to the Wanda Metropolitano for Morata, who still has two years left on his contract in Madrid.
But it remains to be seen whether the player is in the plans of Argentine gaffer Diego Simeone.
As a result, the Spanish news outlet claims that both Arsenal and Barcelona are keeping tabs on his situation.
Barca were close to securing his services in January, only for Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri to block the transfer.
There have even been rumours that the Blaugrana and Atletico could look to swap Antoine Griezmann for Morata.