Petersen is correct to give instructions from the bench, Chiefs legend argues

Former Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper William Shongwe has come out to defend Brandon Petersen’s antics on the touchline.

The 29-year-old keeper received some backlash from Amakhosi supporters when he was seen giving out instructions to Chiefs players in the presence of the club coach Cavin Johnson. The two were even seen clashing with each other after the Soweto Derby defeat to Orlando Pirates back in March.

Shongwe has downplayed Petersen’ antics, saying the keeper is just helping out the struggling Chiefs.

“I think that was totally misinterpreted [Petersen’s antics]. Maybe in trying to help out the team, it didn’t look nice,” Shongwe told FARPost.

”We get players like that, who will get up and get involved. In this case, it was like Brandon was taking over from the bench.

Shongwe defends Chiefs keeper Brandon Petersen

”I think it’s good, but he has to control it and minimise his actions. Every team needs a player who will be supporting and pushing the team for the benefit of the team,” he added.

”He wasn’t doing that for himself, it was for the benefit of the team. But it came out badly and it didn’t look nice.”

Petersen hasn’t played since Chiefs’ 2-1 loss to Golden Arrows in October 2023. The animated keeper though has been heavily involved on the bench in the second half of the season. There has been a number of times where he was seen giving instructions to his teammates during matches.

The keeper did explain last month that he wasn’t trying to take over from the coach.

“I think me as a person in general, on and off the field, if you ask anyone who knows me well, they will tell you I like to speak,” Chiefs keeper Brandon Petersen told iDiski Times.

“When I speak I get very theatrical. I speak with my hands. Now I’m not, that’s because my hand is in my pocket. So it’s me, I always want to help, always want to encourage, that’s the main thing, no agenda, no nothing.

“I think certain times just show a bit more because sometimes when you get on the field, it can be a bit nerve-wracking.

Petersen animated on the touchline

“Knowing that you have the full support of everyone definitely gives you that boost of confidence and makes you want to play more,” Petersen concluded.

Petersen was given a straight red from the bench during Chiefs’ draw with AmaZulu earilier this month.