Akpeyi has been in fantastic form for Kaizer Chiefs this season and has established himself as the Amakhosi’s first choice goalie following injury to Bafana Bafana goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune.
The 33-year-old made his 9th league appearance on Wednesday night in Kaizer Chiefs 4-0 away win against Stellenbosch FC at the Cape Town Stadium.
The Nigeria international who was surprise to win the individual award thanked the Kaizer Chiefs’ technical team for their support.
“It is (award) a big surprise to me, but it also shows the importance of putting effort forward in whatever you do. I give credit to the technical team who have been patient with me,” Akpeyi told a news conference on Thursday.
“I’m settling in, I’m taking each game as it comes. Khune is a good keeper, I’m just grateful for the opportunity from the coach. It’s a healthy competition in that department [goalkeeping]. I’m just happy to be improving all the time.”
Kaizer Chiefs manager, Ernst Middendorp was also named coach of the month for September/October.