Petersen happy to be back


Petersen, who last played for Moroka Swallows during an injury ravaged 2005\06 season, started his first game of the season in Maritzburg’s 1-0 loss to Golden Arrows on Wednesday at Woodburn Stadium.

“It felt good to be playing again and I enjoyed myself. It was unfortunate that we lost in the end. I think we had enough chances to win that game, but just couldn’t get the ball into the back of the net. I think we also played well as a team, and were just unlucky not to score.

“I even got a chance myself but I couldn’t finish it off because of the tight angle that I was in,” says Petersen.

Petersen has seen Tshepo Mashishi play ahead of him in the early stages of the season.

The 27 year-old previously played for Hellenic and Swallows but spent the last two years in the First Division. He first joined FC AK before moving to United last season while they were still in the First Division.

Petersen played regularly in the junior national teams and has one Bafana Bafana cap.

Against Arrows, the Team of Choice dominated both halves but lacked penetration where it mattered the most, upfront.

However coach Gordon Igesund saw the game otherwise, saying, “Look my players gave everything they had today. I am pleased with the performance.

“Arrows defended very well by absorbing pressure when we were coming strongly at them. I just think we made some wrong decisions and that cost us.”

Igesund also admitted his team fell short up front and added that they missed key striker Fadlu Davids as the inviting opportunities that fell on Brice Aka and Collins Zimba went begging.