defence: Rivaldo

The Urban Warriors have kept clean sheets in each of their last four league matches.

And Bafana Bafana defender Rivaldo Coetzee has urged his team to do it one more time when they host Baroka in the final game of the season this Saturday (3pm).

As eighth-placed Ajax look to cement a money-spinning Telkom Knockout spot this weekend, the 20-year-old says it will be crucial to shut out their opponents.

He says: “Going into every game you have one point, if you keep a clean sheet you will always have a point. If you keep it like that you will at least go home with something, and if you score then three points is yours – I think we started to value that more.

“First try and keep a clean sheet – we still play our normal game – but sometimes it is tough and you have to grind out results.

“This season it wasn’t our best, but we have finished well.”

The four clean sheets are part of 10 in 29 games this season, while they have conceded 34 goals in the campaign.

And Rivaldo says they are starting to value the shutout more this season, as his partnership with Roscoe Pietersen blossomed.

The club’s Player of the Year adds: “Credit must go to my teammates and the club for making me the player I am today and for the season I enjoyed at Ajax Cape Town.

“Since the start of the season we conceded too many goals, I think that let us down in not getting the results we were after. As the season progressed we started to value the clean sheets more.

“For me, I can play with anyone, but Roscoe has experience and he had a good season as well.

“He has been struggling with injuries [in his career], but this has been a season where he has played a lot of games and I am happy for him.

“We have a good understanding and hopefully we can continue and build on that in the last game.”