Absa Premiership

Peterson: Ajax need to be ready for relegation fight

2018-03-28 11:05
Brandon Petersen. (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town goalkeeper Brandon Petersen has shifted his focus on helping his club move away from the relegation zone after returning from national duty.

The 23-year old was among a number of youngsters selected by national team coach Stuart Baxter for the Four Nations tournament, but the Englishman opted for the experienced duo of Darren Keet and Itumeleng Khune in the two games played in Zambia.

Bafana Bafana beat Zambia 2-0 in the final to clinch the trophy, having beaten Angola on penalties in their first match at the tournament.

Despite not featuring, Peterson admitted that the experience boosted his confidence and he is determined to use it in helping his team retain their Premier League status.

The Urban Warriors are second from bottom in the Premiership with 24 points and have six games to move away from the danger zone.

Petersen told the clubs website: "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 added: "Training with experienced goalkeepers like Itumeleng Khune, Darren Keet and goalkeeper coach Andre Arendse. It is good to have been in a different environment, away from Ikamva and obviously you can learn a lot from them and coach 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."

The young goal minder was hopeful that the Urban Warriors will overcome a tough campaign by doing well in the remaining games to get out of the relegation dogfight.

Petersen concluded: "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. 

"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.

"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."

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