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What Chiefs Squad Learnt From Fleurs

The Kaizer Chiefs squad want to honour Luke Fleurs on the field with goalkeeper Brandon Petersen revealing what they learnt from him during their time together.

Fleurs was tragically murdered during a hijacking last week that left the South African football fraternity reeling and in disbelief as one of the finest talents in the game was taken away in a senseless act of crime.

Petersen, who admitted it was heartbreaking that he never got to make his debut after securing his dream move to Amakhosi said it will sit with every single squad member, that they can do what was taken away from him, and that should be an honour.

“No 100%, I think one-day Zitha said something very well, is that the next couple of game we play, we should remember for 10 minutes, five minutes, whether we have to make a run, remember there’s a guy who never got the opportunity,” he said.

“He never got the opportunity to do it, so let’s do it for him, in his honour. I think in the last couple of days of training, it’s been all about Luke, just cherishing the memories you know, on the field, doing what he loves. 

“He would always come to you and tell you to do a certain thing, something that makes him happy, something he likes seeing you do. He will come to you and tell you when you get the ball, do this, do that – I think everyone now… is looking forward to representing him well and hopefully turning our fortunes around.”

Fleurs was known to be one of the most composed defenders in the league, and it was showcased during his time at Naturena, with several players mentioning in the past that he’s risk-taking to play the ball out of defence was one of his key strengths.

“I think being calm on the ball [is what we’ve learned from Luke], whenever he received the ball whether it’s one or ten pressing him, he would never panic, he would control the ball and from there he would do what he wants, nobody could tell him he can’t do that, he will show you,” Petersen added when asked what they learnt about him.

“Window passes too. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone make window passes as well as Luke did, squeezing a ball through a space only a ball can fit through, he was adamant, coach [Cavin] would tell him don’t make that pass, he will show you he’ll make that pass. It was something he believed in – so yeah that’s the two things I’ll take from him.”

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.