Nigerian international Daniel Akpeyi says Kaizer Chiefs are determined to make up as quickly as possible for the disappointment of losing to archrivals Orlando Pirates at the weekend in the MTN8 semifinal first leg tie.
Chiefs paid the price for wasteful finishing and lacklustre defending at Orlando Stadium on Saturday, going down 3-0 to their neighbours Pirates with Akpeyi in goal.
The Soweto giants have an opportunity to make amends when they entertain TS Galaxy at FNB Stadium on Wednesday evening in a DStv Premiership clash.
Akpeyi‚ who wasn’t at fault for the avalanche of goals he conceded on Saturday‚ said they need to put in a much better performance on Wednesday against a side that shocked them in the 2019 Nedbank Cup final.
“They may still have that momentum‚ but sometimes‚ football isn’t about history‚ and it’s about the present,” said the Amakhosi shot-stopper.
“I’m very sure that they’re going to be well prepared for us‚ especially with what took place on the weekend. We’ve learnt from our mistakes and we’ll come out stronger for them.
“We know we need to put everything that we have into the next game to make up for the loss against Orlando Pirates. The earlier we get our points‚ the better it will be for us‚” added Akpeyi.
In their last league outing, Amakhosi looked too good for Chippa United but the effect of the decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to dismiss their appeal against a two-window transfer ban is showing, as well as the unavailability of ace marksman Samir Nurkovic, which is hurting Gavin Hunt’s team.
The Glamour Boys have conceded seven goals while only scoring three in their first four matches in all competitions this season, suffering humiliating defeats against Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns.
“Currently we put ourselves on the back foot. We’ve realised where we are going wrong and we’re trying to work on that,” admitted Akpeyi.
“Every game matters and it’s not just about the league because cup games are also important. It’s important that we do better in each game as compared to the previous game.
“That wasn’t the case in the Pirates game‚ but we hope that we come out a lot better when we play TS Galaxy.”
Galaxy, who have bought their way into the topflight are yet to taste defeat in the Premiership having beaten AmaZulu in their last match while drawing against Tshakuma Tsha Madzhivandila (TTM) in their opening game of the 2020/21 campaign.
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