Pietersen lauds Ajax Cape Town teammate Coetzee

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The two defenders formed a solid partnership under the tutelage of coach Stanley Menzo at the Urban Warriors

Ajax Cape Town defender Roscoe Pietersen is thrilled to be playing alongside Rivaldo Coetzee as the club continues their fight for a top eight finish.

“Rivaldo’s a quality defender. He’s a national player, and I think, as a partnership, our bond is growing. We are getting stronger with every game. I think we have gradually got to understand each other’s game, what our strengths and weaknesses are, and we cover for each other,” Pietersen told IOL.

Furthermore, Pietersen predicts a bright future for the 20-year-old, who has in the past attracted interest from some of the big teams in the country.

“Obviously, as the older player, I take the lead with regard to communication, and if I can help Rivaldo with his game, to get him to be even better, then that is a bonus for me. I think he has a really bright future in the game,” Pietersen said.

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The 28-year-old is grateful for the comeback and admits he never doubted his ability despite all the set-backs he suffered in his playing career in the past.

“As they say, sometimes you have to take five steps back to take 10 steps forward. I have never stopped believing in myself and my ability. After the injury problems I had at SuperSport, I had to go to AmaZulu and then drop down a division at Vasco, but those spells allowed me the opportunity to play more regularly and regain my confidence,” Pietersen said. 

“I’m in a good space now. I’m feeling good again. I’ve been waiting a long time for the opportunity and I have to thank the coach and the club’s technical team for having faith in me. I’ve been able to play week in and week out - it’s looking good, but there is always room for improvement,” Pietersen concluded.