Ernst Middendorp hails Daniel Akpeyi's character

Kaizer Chiefs and Nigeria goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has hailed the character shown by goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi in the Soweto Derby victory.

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Akpeyi pulled off a string of stunning saves to contribute to a 1-0 victory over Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Nigeria international had been the target of plenty of criticism in the lead up to the Derby, with many calling for Itumeleng Khune to reclaim the number one jersey.

And Middendorp praised the manner in which the 33-year-old hit back at the critics in the best possible way and the way he not only responds to pressure but rises above it.

"We have seen a great performance from Daniel Akpeyi over months. It's unbelievable character," the Chiefs mentor told KickOff.

"If you come into a club where first choice is being injured at that time and now coming back at any time you get pressurised... 'another one should play, another one should play'.

"It's an incredible performance under these circumstances, what we see week in and week out from Daniel Akpeyi."