Ajax Cape Town defender Roscoe Pietersen has highlighted the importance of the club’s upcoming fixture against Free State Stars, set to take place at Athlone Stadium this Friday evening.
With both teams sitting at the wrong end of the Absa Premiership standings, and in desperate search of a way out, this weekend’s fixture could go a long way in setting the tone for the remainder of the season.
The Urban Warriors showcased signs of improvement over the past couple of weeks, having picked up valuable points against Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United, but all that was brought to a halt as Stanley Menzo’s men suffered a surprise defeat to KwaDukuza United.
“It is a team that is around the same position where we found ourselves on the log standings, it is a six-pointer for us,” said Pietersen. “It is going to be a tough game, they do play a good brand of football – they have a new coach now [Serame Letsoaka] – they are a hard-working team.
“For us, it is our home game so we have to take the game to them, stick to our principles, stick to the coach’s plan and yes, we are going out there for all three points.
Pietersen continued: “To get the three points, it makes the gap bigger between ourselves and those below us on the log standings, plus this game gives us the opportunity to close in on the top eight.
Moreover, the 28-year-old is confident that Ajax Cape Town will step up to the plate as the Urban Warriors set their sights on a first win this year.
“I am sure that is our focus as well, the season hasn’t been going our way thus far, but in the league, we got a few valuable points against the big teams.
“Sometimes, yes, mentally it is a bit harder coming up against the so-called smaller teams, but we have to take the game to them – get more self-motivation and stick together as a group,” Pietersen concluded.