Chiefs keeper stresses hitting the books
Posted: 21 June 2018 Time: 08:00
Kaizer Chiefs reserve goalkeeper Brylon Petersen believes his studies improves his ability to grasp and apply tactical instructions on the pitch.
The 22-year-old has been studying mechanical engineering since 2014 at Wits University and hopes to gain a qualification next year.
"I am better at applying the coach’s instruction, understanding the various tactical concepts and improving my reading of the game," Petersen told his club's website.
"As the saying goes, ‘educated players are better players’."
He feels PSL footballers have no option but to further their education given the relative shortness of a playing career, which runs the risk of being terminated abruptly through injury.
"It can be done. To be honest, is has to be done, because players often don’t save enough money to be able to afford to study after their playing days.
"That’s when they get caught out, having no income and not sure what to do next."
With it being Youth Month, Petersen is mindful how the 1976 Soweto Uprising altered the prospects of future generations.
"If it wasn’t for the courage and the uprising of those young children, I wouldn’t have been able to study what I am studying now."
Petersen's chances of game-time have improved with the departure of Brilliant Khuzwayo to Orlando Pirates, although Itumeleng Khune remains the undisputed number one at Naturena.
Fellow keeper Bruce Bavuma is also in the picture at Chiefs, who have yet to appoint a new coach following the resignation of Bloemfontein Celtic recruit Steve Komphela.