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Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Brandon Petersen. Photo: Gallo Images

Kaizer Chiefs shotstopper: I was set on going to Orlando Pirates!

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Brandon Petersen has shared how close he was to joining Orlando Pirates before Gavin Hunt changed his mind.

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Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Brandon Petersen. Photo: Gallo Images

Earlier this year, Petersen said that he just couldn’t say no to the opportunity to join the Kaizer Chiefs, and has continued to establish himself as one of the most highly-regarded ‘keepers in South Africa.


Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns were all keen on the services of Petersen after he left Bidvest Wits as a free agent, but it was Hunt who would play a key role in seeing him opt to be part of the Amakhosi team.

“I was at Bidvest Wits and there was obviously rumours that they were going to sell the team and that’s when our agent started looking around for teams,” he told the club’s media department.

“I was set on going to Orlando Pirates, I had a guy come to my house and we spoke and contracts and everything then-coach Gavin called me and obviously he wanted me at Kaizer Chiefs but they had the [transfer] ban.

“We were waiting for the verdict, they got it and Chiefs couldn’t sign any players, the season went past, coach Gavin left and coach Stuart came in.

“And in that few weeks, I worked with coach Lee Baxter and he was impressed and keen on keeping me there. So when coach Stuart came in, he was impressed, that was it, they decided to keep me.”

The Ajax Cape Town Academy product was ultimately happy to wait 10 months to make his Kaizer Chiefs dream come true

“As a footballer in South Africa, you want to play for one of the big teams,” Petersen told Kaizerchiefs.com earlier this year. 

“So, when I received a call from my agent to say that Kaizer Chiefs is interested, it was a great feeling. It was amazing, it was good to know that I would be part of a brand like Kaizer Chiefs.

“Coming here as a goalkeeper you know there’s a rich history of goalkeepers. Just being part of that is a huge honour for me. My family and everyone is excited for me, as they always are no matter where I go. For me, it is a huge privilege to be part of this team and I am looking forward to the seasons ahead.