Thursday Oct 10, 2019. 13:00
Kaizer Chiefs and Nigeria international goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi admits the club are desperate to end their four-year trophy drought after receiving a tough away draw in the Last 16 of the Telkom Knockout.
Chiefs must travel to Cape Town City, a team they have already beaten 2-1 away in the league this campaign, but a formidable opponent nonetheless.
The AmaKhosi have not lifted any silverware since they claimed the Absa Premiership at the end of the 2014/15 season, the longest barren run in the club’s illustrious history.
It has become major talking point in South African football, but Akpeyi feels if they can win one trophy, another will follow soon afterwards.
“We’ve been chasing to get a trophy for some seasons now and I think it’s a fresh start for a trophy,” Akpeyi said after the draw on Wednesday.
“So, we’re looking forward to make sure we start winning something from this season, starting from the Telkom [Knockout].
“It’s very important because every win motivates you towards the next one, but obviously we have to start with one.”
Chiefs head the Absa Premiership table after eight rounds after a solid start to the campaign following their ninth-place finish in the previous season, but Akpeyi says there is still much to work on.
“Though we are on top today, we are not perfect yet, we’re still trying to work things out in every department of the team,” he said.
“But so far it’s been going good, and we hope that we can continue with this momentum because it’s the only thing that will lead us into winning this trophy going ahead.”
Akpeyi is likely to get another run in the team after Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune broke down again with a fresh injury concern.