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Cavin Johnson’s stance on Brandon Petersen after latest blunder

Kaizer Chiefs interim coach Cavin Johnson has revealed his stance on Brandon Petersen after the goalkeeper’s recent blunder against Golden Arrows.

The former Ajax Cape Town goalkeeper, Petersen, committed another costly error as Chiefs went down 2-1 to Arrows.

He received a back pass from centre-back Thatayaone Ditlhokwe. But he failed to control the ball at a wet Mpumalanga Stadium inside the penalty box. Arrow striker Knox Mutizwa pounced on it and gave the Durban side the lead. 

This is not the first time he cost the Soweto giants. In their second league game against rivals Mamelodi Sundowns, Petersen played a role in both goals conceded after passing the ball to Edson Castillo, who found himself under pressure and lost it. 

This led to Peter Shalulile setting up Lucas Ribeiro Costa for the opener, and Petersen, in the same game, fumbled Neo Maema’s shot, resulting in a 2-1 loss. He was also at fault in the MTN8 semi-final, gifting Shalulile an early goal. 

Brandon Petersen with veteran goalkeeper coach Rainer Dinkelacker and Yusuf Maart
Brandon Petersen [left] is working closely with veteran goalkeeper coach Rainer Dinkelacker [centre]


Nonetheless, Johnson highlighted that he had yet to witness any prior mistakes from Petersen, reaffirming his commitment to supporting the goalkeeper as they progress.

“I’ve not seen his [Petersen] other mistakes. If it’s happened before, we will try and fix it, but the way I look at it now, he’ll come back. He made a mistake, and that’s the first mistake I looked at it.

“Every mistake now is my mistake. I take the blame for everything that happened today. Everything you asked me about yesterday, I was not here.” 

Johnson’s unwavering support for Petersen in the face of recent challenges reflects his commitment to helping the goalkeeper. 

Chiefs will be in action next on Wednesday 8 November, 2023 when they host Cape Town City at the FNB Stadium in a DStv Premiership encounter.

Story by Joshua Hendricks

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