Chiefs Keeper – I Was Set On Pirates
Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Brandon Petersen has revealed he was set to join Orlando Pirates before Gavin Hunt changed his mind.
Petersen, 27, emerged as one of the most highly-rated goalkeeping talents in South Africa after graduating from the esteemed Ikamva Academy at the now-defunct Ajax Cape Town.
He went on to join Bidvest Wits with Gavin Hunt for the 2019/20 season where he impressed before the club status was sold and then departed as a free agent instead of joining Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM).
Pirates, Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns were all keen on the services of the shot-stopper despite being injured at the time but it was the four-time league winning coach Hunt that was able to convince him to join Amakhosi.
“I was at Bidvest Wits and there was obviously rumours that they were going to sell the team and that’s when our agent started looking around for teams,” he told the club’s media department.
“I was set on going to Orlando Pirates, I had a guy come to my house and we spoke and contracts and everything then-coach Gavin called me and obviously he wanted me at Kaizer Chiefs but they had the [transfer] ban.
“We were waiting for the verdict, they got it and Chiefs couldn’t sign any players, the season went past, coach Gavin left and coach Stuart came in.
“And in that few weeks, I worked with coach Lee Baxter and he was impressed and keen on keeping me there. So when coach Stuart came in, he was impressed, that was it, they decided to keep me.”
Petersen holds a record of 50 appearances in the South African top-flight with 15 clean sheets since making his professional debut for the Urban Warriors back in 2013.