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Akpeyi Absence Explained

Former Kaizer Chiefs and Chippa United goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi, who joined Swallows FC during the January transfer window, is still waiting for his work permit.

During the last week of the January transfer window, Swallows announced their transfer ban by FIFA had been lifted and they were now able to register new players.

However, there wasn’t much time left for the Dube Birds to complete new deals. One of the first transfers since the expiration of the ban was the signing of goalkeeper Akpeyi.

Akpeyi, 36, was among the players released by Chiefs at the end of last season. He was close to joining Sekhukhune United ahead of the 2022/23 campaign but his deal eventually fell through.

He had been training with Swallows earlier in the campaign already, but at the time the Soweto side weren’t able to resolve their transfer ban, leaving the player in limbo.

However, he has now penned a six-month contract with an option to extend it by two years, as reported by iDiski Times.

Many fans though are left wondering why Akpeyi hasn’t played, let alone been announced as new signing by the Dube Birds.

This publication has now been informed that the 36-year-old goalkeeper is still waiting for his work permit and will again not feature for his new club on the weekend.

Swallows will be his third club in South Africa after he’s made 104 appearances for Chippa and 69 for Chiefs.

David Kappel
David Kappel
David Kappel has served as a renowned international editor and content manager for almost a decade. David specialises in ensuring content and social media posts are highly engaging for football fans and was previously the international editor at Soccer Laduma. He is currently the iDiski Times website editor and social strategist.