With seven games before the DStv Premiership 2022/2023 campaign ends, Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Brandon Peterson says he and his players will shift focus to qualifying for CAF continental football next season.

Amakhosi are now gathering together after the club missed out on chasing the title league this season, as Mamelodi Sundowns need only a point to lift their sixth consecutive title.

Peterson, the current Chiefs’ number one goalie, says the team knows they must win their upcoming game that will see them a few steps closer to qualifying to be in either CAF Champions League or CAF Confederations tournament.

The Glamour Boys are fourth in the table, two points clear of second-placed SuperSport United. And they tied on 37 points with their bitter rivals, Orlando Pirates—with only seven matches remaining in their quest for qualifying to play continental football.

KAIZER CHIEFS WANT TO FOCUS ON QUALIFYING FOR CAF COMPETITIONS

The 28-year-old keeper stated that the Soweto giants want to quickly forget about losing the league title and turn their focus to the CAF competitions – using the remaining games to reach their target.

“We obviously want to finish as high up as possible. The CAF spot is still available, so I think that’s our main aim now,” Petersen said as quoted by the Chiefs’ media department.

“As much as we are taking one game at a time, one eye is always on the prize, that second spot, so we are going into every game like it’s a cup final for us. We want maximum points because we want to play CAF football next season.”

DSTV PREMIERSHIP TITLE GONE BUT DETERMINATION REMAINS

Arthur Zwane’s team was in great form lately. They won four consecutive games in all competitions, including the Soweto derby victory over the Buccaneers at the FNB Stadium in February.

Peterson promised the club’s fans that the team will do well to keep their unbeaten record, and they have the ability to pip Pirates and SuperSport to the second position.

“Our supporters are our 12th man, you know. We feed off them, and they have been phenomenal in backing us,” he said.

 “I can assure them that going out for every league match, the players are ready and willing to fight because everyone wants to play CAF football and everyone wants to win a trophy and bring back the glory days for the Club.”

Chiefs will lock horns with Stellenbosch this coming Saturday at FNB Stadium, with the match scheduled for 17:30. 

By Clifton Mabasa