Kaizer Chiefs and Super Eagles goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi has been named Nigeria Goalkeeper Of The Year.

The Nnewi-born goalkeeper defeated contenders, Deportivo La Coruna’s Francois Uzoho and El Kanemi Warriors’ Adamu Abubakar to win the country’s best shot-stopper award at the inaugural Ballers Awards ceremony, a brand-new initiative to recognise homegrown Nigerian talent.

Akpeyi was Nigeria’s first choice goalkeeper in 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Cup held in Egypt where he helped Nigeria to the semi-finals which they lost to Algeria.

The 33-year-old who was absent at the Ballers Awards ceremony which held in Victoria Island Lagos, took to instagram to express his gratitude.

“I want to thank you for nominating me to be the best goalkeeper of the year and I want thank the organizers who made this possible,” said Akpeyi.

“Thank you for this prestigious award. It is quite unfortunate that I won’t be around to receive this award myself due to club engagements and I want to say well done to all the nominees, they have done extremely well in their personal Capacities and in their clubs and countries.

“Thank you to everyone who has belief in me, it is because of you that I have come this far and I promise to give my best.”