Ajax Cape Town’s Brandon Petersen overjoyed to be back from injury
Posted: 4 January 2016 Time: 19:45
Ajax Cape Town goalkeeper Brandon Petersen is thrilled to be back after his long injury lay-off as he looks to earn his place in the Urban Warriors’ side.
Following his leg break against Mamelodi Sundowns in December 2014, the 21-year-old played his first minutes on the pitch in a friendly against Santos last month, and was delighted to finally be back on the field of play.
“It felt good,” the gloveman tells KickOff.com. “It had been a long 12 months, and for anyone coming back after that long, even if you play ten minutes, it’s good! And I feel positive, strong and ready for action.”
Petersen’s coach Roger De Sa was equally pleased with his shot-stopper’s return, applauding his commitment during his lengthy recovery.
“I was very happy to see him playing,” De Sa says. “His training has been very good, he’s a super athlete and that’s why he’s recovered so well. He’s worked extremely hard, and never missed a day of rehab.
“I’m very happy with everything he’s worked for, and I think he’ll be out playing pretty soon.”
Reflecting back on 2015, a year in which Ajax finished fifth last season, runners up in the Nedbank Cup and gold medalists in the MTN8, Peterson believes it was a good year for the Cape club, and feels the side are a more cohesive unit.
“I think we had a good year, as a team,” he says. “I think the players are really starting to gel together now and be one team, because in the past, that’s what we lacked. The bunch of guys we have now are really putting everything in and working for each other, not only for themselves, both on and off the field.
"So the relationship between the players is very good, and the year was good for us.”
Ajax open 2016 with a fixture against Bloemfontein Celtic on Friday.