‘South Africa will put up a fight against the Super Eagles’ – Daniel Akpeyi

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South Africa-based Daniel Akpeyi believes Bafana Bafana will put up a fight when they take on the Super Eagles of Nigeria in Friday’s 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Uyo.

Speaking exclusively with Afrosport, the former Kaizer Chiefs shot-stopper asserted that the West African giants still have what it takes to claim the needed victory after picking up only two points in their first two Group C matches.

He said: “I believe the team has a great crew that should be able to deliver today, but you know again, football is not a thing you play with your mouth, you have to show it on the field of play because I know the South Africans are not coming there to be a walkover, they are coming to put up a fight, but with the quality of the Nigerian team, I believe it’s possible for Nigeria to pick the three points.”

Akpeyi, who currently plies his trade with Moroka Swallows, was Nigeria’s first-choice goalkeeper at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt where the Super Eagles finished in third place after defeating Tunisia.

The 37-year-old made his national team debut in 2015 and has earned 19 caps. last featuring in a 4-2 win away at Lesotho during the 2021 AFCON qualifiers.

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