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Kaizer Chiefs have to do it like Mamelodi Sundowns, playing nice football comes second - Akpeyi

Masandawana have dominated the PSL, and the Nigerian goalkeeper believes Amakhosi should learn from their rivals' success.

Goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi of Kaizer Chiefs has used Mamelodi Sundowns as an example of how fancy football is less essential than winning games, urging his squad to "do the same."

The Nigerian international claims that the Brazilians are succeeding "not because they are excellent," but because they are winning games against the odds.

South African football has traditionally been about dribbling and demonstrating smooth talents, but most Premier Soccer League teams have abandoned this style of play.

"Winning your games is the most crucial thing for you to do. Sundowns are at the top of the list not because they're always so good, but because they're picking up points even when things are tough," Akpeyi told Sowetan Live.

"We must follow suit. The most essential thing is to win, not to play great football. We don't simply want to take part. We've come to compete in order to finish in a decent position at the end of the season.

"The objective is to be number one or two." In fact, we'd like to win the league. We haven't won a trophy in a while, therefore we're hoping to win this league. We hope to play in the Champions League once more."

Chiefs have been without a trophy for six years and are now in second place in the PSL table, eight points behind Mamelodi Sundowns, who have a game in hand.

Despite their distant second place finish, Chiefs have emerged as Sundowns' main competitors for the PSL title.

"Morale is at an all-time high. We're attempting to maintain the momentum. We're attempting to form the kind of team that we should be. Every game, we attempt to correct our faults," Akpeyi continued.

"The entrance of coach Baxter raised hopes because he had previously won the league with the club, but I recall him noting in one of his interviews that things had changed. He stressed that there must be greater effort than when he was here previously."

On Saturday, the Chiefs play Cape Town City in their next game as they try to cut the gap on Masandawana.

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