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Akpeyi's sale to Kaizer Chiefs explained by Larsen

Chippa United head coach Clinton Larsen says Daniel Akpeyi was sold to Kaizer Chiefs because it made financial sense for the club to do so.

Akpeyi signed for Chiefs during the January transfer window which leaves former Chiefs youth development product, Mbongeni Mzimela, as the side's new number one.

The 33-year-old proved he has the quality to succeed the Nigerian as he was Man-of-the-Match in last Saturday's 1-1 draw against Baroka in Polokwane.

Larsen explained to Kickoff about the decision to sell Akpeyi to the Glamour Boys: "No, Daniel is a good player you know, he is an international. So any team who loses a player like that will miss a good player so we wish him the best in his new environment, with his new team.

"And as you could see [on Sunday], Mzimela got man of the match. So he's proven that he's got what it takes to step up now and make sure that Daniel's absence is not sorely missed as we thought it could be.

"We've got confidence in Mzimela but yes, Daniel is a quality keeper. These are decisions clubs make all over the world, players' contracts coming to an end, and you've got to make some financial decisions for the betterment of the club and for the player.

"So ja, it was a win-win for the club and the player. We discussed it as management and technical team so it was a collective decision from the club."

The 32-year-old could make his debut for Chiefs when they take on fierce rivals Orlando Pirates in Saturday's Soweto derby at FNB Stadium. Kickoff is 15:30.