Petersen On Khune, Akpeyi & Bvuma Rivalry
New Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Brandon Petersen says the camaraderie between the Amakhosi goalkeepers despite all of them fighting for the Nr. 1 shirt was an eye opener for him.
The 26-year-old joined Amakhosi after leaving Bidvest Wits in 2020 and recovering from a serious injury over the last 12 months.
Petersen will face some tough rivals for the Nr. 1 spot at Naturena, but has shown first signs of what he can bring to the club in the Carling Black Label Cup, when he saved two penalties.
He has now explained that the rivalry at the club is healthy and will push everyone to be better.
“Because there is always me pushing someone else and someone pushing me, it will help. In the first training session the guys made me feel at home and for me it has been a blast,” he told the club’s media department.
“Having that camaraderie between the goalkeepers and seeing the way they work together and push one another. For me it was an eye opener. It is encouraging me to work hard.
“We saw in the CAF Champions League, with the changes that Chiefs had with the goalkeepers, they put one in and he performs. That is something that makes me smile.”
Petersen also revealed how he felt after he received the phone call from Chiefs over his transfer.
“As a footballer in South Africa, you want to play for one of the big teams. So when I received a call from my agent to say that Kaizer Chiefs is interested, it was a great feeling. It was amazing, it was good to know that I would be part of a brand like Kaizer Chiefs.
“Coming here as a goalkeeper you know there’s a rich history of goalkeepers. Just being part of that is a huge honour for me.
“My family and everyone is excited for me, as they always are no matter where I go. For me, it is a huge privilege to be part of this team and I am looking forward to the seasons ahead.”