Kaizer Chiefs Player Reveals How He Joined Kaizer Chiefs
After graduating from the prestigious Ikamva Academy at the now-defunct Ajax Cape Town, Petersen, 27, became one of South Africa’s most highly regarded goalkeeping prospects.
He then joined Gavin Hunt’s Bidvest Wits for the 2019/20 season, where he made an impression until the club’s status was sold and he left as a free agent rather than joining Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM).
Despite the fact that the shot-stopper was injured at the time, Pirates, Chiefs, and Mamelodi Sundowns were all interested in signing him, but it was four-time league winning coach Hunt who was able to persuade him to join Amakhosi.
“I was at Bidvest Wits, and there were definitely rumors that they were going to sell the franchise, so our agent started exploring other teams,” he told the club’s media department.
“I was dead set on moving to Orlando Pirates; I had a man come to my house and we talked about contracts and everything, then coach Gavin called me and said he wanted me at Kaizer Chiefs, but they were under the [transfer] restriction.”
“We were waiting for the decision, which they received, and the Chiefs were unable to acquire any players. The season passed, coach Gavin left, and coach Stuart took over.”
“And during those few weeks, I worked with coach Lee Baxter, who was quite impressed with me and wanted to keep me there.” So when coach Stuart walked in and saw my performance, he was so delighted that they chose to keep me.”
Since making his professional debut for the Urban Warriors in 2013, Petersen has made 50 appearances in the South African top division, with 15 clean sheets.