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Daniel Akpeyi must shut out criticism if he's to reach the World Cup

What must have been going through Daniel Akpeyi's mind as he watched Ever Banega's superbly curled free kick sail past him and nestle inside the net for Argentina's first goal in last week's friendly in Krasnodar?

It was just punishment for a basic horror error from the keeper, as he picked up the ball after dropping it outside his box.

He was fortunate to have escaped a red card for the offence, but was caught wrong-footed by Banega's fine free kick.

In typical Nigerian fashion, some comments on Twitter suggested wryly that perhaps his town folk were after him, or that he had offended some local deity in his village.

You could forgive Akpeyi for also questioning whether the gods were conspiring against him when he knelt down contemplating the error that had gifted the Argentines not just the free kick, but the goal.

Thankfully, that was as bad as it got against the Argentines, as the goalkeeper recovered to make two excellent stops not long after.

By then, though, it was too late.

He was already trending on Twitter in Nigeria, with his errors overshadowing his sterling later work.

In his post-game explanation, the Chippa United goalkeeper admitted his error, but claimed he had seen the assistant referee's flag go up and assumed that the play