Nigerian-born goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi (29) has told chippautdfc.co.za that he excited at the opportunity to compete in the Rio Olympics from Friday, 5 August to Sunday 21 August 2016.
The Chippa United goalkeeper was selected to represent his country in Brazil, making it the second time he will represent his country at world’s biggest sporting event, having been selected in 2008.
“It is a massive honour to represent my country at the Olympics,” said Akpeyi speaking after the morning session at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium where he is training with his team before jetting off to United States on Saturday, 24 July.
“I am very excited and am looking forward to it, but it was also important for me to join my teammates here in Port Elizabeth for the pre-season. I will not be far behind from the group when I return,” continued Akpeyi.
The Nigerian football team won gold at the Olympics back in 1996, and there will be expectations from the football -mad country for Akpeyi and his generation to repeat the feat.
“It is a massive challenge to win the Olympics and credit should go to the group that made it against all odds back in 1996. We must not forget though that we are now a different group of players and a different generation all together. The circumstances are also different.
“We are however as determined (as the Class of 96’) to do well in the Olympics. We do not want to go to Brazil just to make up numbers. “We are there to represent the country and compete. We know that millions of people in Nigeria and Africa will be backing us to do well.
Daniel Akpeyi who kept 7 clean sheets, is determined to do better this upcoming season; “I am always looking at improving as a player.
I will be happy not to concede a single goal this season. It is a goalkeeper’s wish to never concede a goal, but most importantly I want to be part of a group of players at Chippa United that made history for the Club.
“I am excited with the group of players that have joined us. I like the level of focus from the lads and we would like that to continue for the rest of the upcoming season.
We owe it to our supporters that have supported us through and through. I am hoping with the grace of God we will continue to flying the flag,” added Akpeyi.
Daniel has played for Gabros International, Nasarawa United, Heartland and Warri Wolves before joining Chippa United before the start of 2015/2016 season.