Super Eagles goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi was behind the sticks as Kaizer Chiefs suffered a 2-0 defeat to Maritzburg United on Saturday afternoon.
The keeper helped Chiefs qualify for the CAF Champions League following success at Petro Luanda during midweek.
Khama Billiat skipped past Clayton Daniels in the centre of the park and his curling effort was not too far away as Jethren Barr watched it cautiously go wide.
Billiat had been injured in a tackle from Travis Graham in the first half and only lasted three minutes after the interval before he was replaced by Dumisani Zuma. Meanwhile, Nurkovic took to the field on the hour mark to replace an ineffective Leonardo Castro.
But just after the Chiefs talisman had come on, Middendorp’s Maritzburg were in front. Gadinkame Modise whipped the ball in from the right-hand side to Judas Moseamedi, who flicked it on and into the far corner past a helpless Akpeyi.
Moseamedi grabbed his brace in the 79th minute when he got on the end of Dan Morgan’s long-throw and fired home from the tightest of angles, who now takes his goalscoring tally against Chiefs to five.
Akpeyi had his first full cap for Nigeria in 2015, when he was called up for the friendly vs. South Africa as a replacement for injured Vincent Enyeama. He saved a penalty and was lauded for his strong keeping in his Man of the Match performance.