Aluminij to win over Maribor with 17-year-old in goal: Jan Petek steps between the posts after even Marko Šuler called in Kidričevo
Young Samo Pridgar proved his worth as a first goalkeeper in the last period Aluminija, but the younger Jan Petek got his chance against Maribor. The 17-year-old made his debut in the Telemach First League but he was not intimidated by the task; he did his job well. But here’s the interesting thing: Aluminija coach Robert Pevnik didn’t put the teenager in goal because he wanted to, but rather because he had almost nothing else to do.
According to our information, Aluminij was under a lot of pressure from Ljudski vrt before the match against Maribor, in order to prevent Samo Pridgar from playing against his home club. Pridgar is only on loan to Kidričevo, but he could still play – the two clubs have not made an agreement that would prevent him from doing so. But Maribor didn’t want to be stopped or – even worse – stopped by their own player, so even Marko Šuler called Kidričevo several times in the days before the game!
Maribor’s sport director insisted that it would be really best if Samo Pridgar did not play. Aluminij, who at first clearly didn’t like the scenario, eventually agreed to it, but not because they would have caved in under pressure from Maribor, but rather because they didn’t want to cause problems for Sam Pridgar. The latter sat on the reserves bench, while Jan Petek was in goal for the first time in the 1. SNL.
Needless to say, it was a dream ending for Aluminij. Petek locked the net and the home team won 1:0. Maribor… Well, it’s true that loan players are the least of the violet team’s problems.
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