Amid the criticism that trailed his performance at the CAF Champions League final, Super Eagles goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi has taken to social media to laud supporters, after his side’s 3-0 loss to Al Ahly.
Akpeyi was in between the sticks for the entire duration as Kaizer Chiefs were outclassed at the Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca on Saturday.
The Nigerian international has been criticised for his performance after goals from Mohamed Sherif, Mohamed Magdi Kafsha and Amr Al Sulaya handed Pitso Mosimane’s side a record 10th Caf CL trophy.
Akpeyi expressed disappointment with the result, but, was full of praise for his supporters who stood by him in the face of adversity.
“Every champion has once lost a fight (sadly so) but they’ve never lost their dream no matter the opinion about them, nature does conform to them at the right time,” Akpeyi wrote on Instagram.
“To everyone who has been standing with them through thick and thin, I salute your courage, when the limits are broken, all the joy that is assumed to be lost you will receive them in one package I’m grateful to have come this far,” he added.
Akpeyi was Chiefs’ hero in their semi-final clash with Wyad Casablanca, as he inspired the South Africans to their first-ever appearance in the final.
The 34-year-old had denied Wyad’s Ayoub El Kaabi on several occasions, while his acrobatic save also prevented Aymane Hassouni from breaking the deadlock in a match majorly dominated by the Algerian-side.