Petersen braced for February challenge

2016-08-15 19:36
Jody February (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town keeper Brandon Petersen accepts he will have a tough job on his hands in keeping Jody February out of the starting line-up.

The two Ajax academy products are set to scrap it out for the number one jersey this season, following the departure of the previous first choice, Anssi Jaakkola, who signed for English Championship club Reading.

The 21-year-old Petersen has been Jaakkolla's understudy for the last few years, but has only recently returned from a season-long injury.

He had certainly been ahead of February in the pecking order until the latter's superb performances for the South African Under-23 side last year propelled him into the limelight.

Petersen believes the competition between the two youngsters should see them getting the best out of each other.

"Jody and I have always provided good competition for each other during our junior years and it will be no different now," Petersen told the Star.

"I'm looking forward to battling with Jody for the number one jersey. Obviously, both of us know that only one of us can play, but we will continue to support each other to be the best.

"So, it doesn't matter which of us the coach picks, we know that it will be the right decision at the time. After that, it's a matter of working hard and pushing the other," he added.

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