Following goalkeeper Carl Ikeme being ruled out of action in 2016, Daniel Akpeyi was the first on the scene as Nigeria searched for their replacement first-choice stopper. Plying his trade at South African Premier Division side Chippa United, his first experience between the sticks for the Super Eagles was a chastening 1-0 defeat to Egypt, key in seeing the 2013 continental champions miss out on a second successive CAF Africa Cup of Nations.
Since, however, his experiences in green have been largely more positive. Part of the side that claimed bronze at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament at Rio 2016, he also helped deliver a vital 3-1 win over Algeria in their second Group B clash on the road to Russia. The oldest of Nigeria’s goalkeepers, he will be hoping Gernot Rohr considers him the experienced head to handle the pressure.