Ajax Cape Town goalkeeper Brandon Petersen loved every minute of his time in the Bafana Bafana camp
Posted: 28 March 2018 Time: 12:46
Ajax Cape Town goalkeeper Brandon Petersen enjoyed training with experienced goalkeepers Itumeleng Khune and Darren Keet in the Bafana Bafana squad.
Petersen was included in the senior national squad for the Four Nations tournament in Zambia, though he did not get to feature. Keet played in the victory over Angola, while Khune kept a clean sheet in the final against Zambia.
The 23-year-old is back in Cape Town with the Urban Warriors, who are now focused on fighting relegation with just six matches to go in the Absa Premiership.
“It was good for me, it was a good experience and just for me to be part of the team was a major thing because it was my first time actually on camp with the guys, training with the guys. It was a great experience,” he told the Ajax website.
“Training with experienced goalkeepers like Itumeleng Khune, Darren Keet and goalkeeper coach Andre Arendse [was good]. It is good to have been in a different environment, away from Ikamva and obviously you can learn a lot from them and Stuart Baxter who is a good coach.”
“In all it was really good, especially seeing former teammates like ‘Tyson’ [Thulani Hlatshwayo] and Keagan Dolly. It was nice being on the same team as them again.”
Petersen is determined to help the Urban Warriors finish the season on a high.
“Well, for me, it is always focusing on the job at hand, you get picked for your National Team for how you perform at club level,” Petersen added. “I need to remain focused on getting the team in a safer position and if you put in the hard work, performances and effort it [call-ups] will continue to come.
“For me, it is now the third time we find ourselves in this position and it is never easy because at the end of the day the whole environment is different because naturally you panic.
“I think it is important that we remain calm and focused. We have a good enough squad to come out this position and I think the hard work and preparation we have put in over the past few weeks will help us a lot. We are ready for the fight ahead,” Petersen concluded.