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Rivaldo Coetzee: Pitso Mosimane believes in me – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Rivaldo Coetzee: Pitso Mosimane believes in me

Rivaldo Coetzee of Mamelodi Sundowns during 2017 CAF Mamelodi sundowns Media day at Chloorkop on 14 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 20, 2017. 10:30


New Mamelodi Sundowns defender, Rivado Coetzee has thanked the club’s president Patrice Motsepe for giving him an opportunity to join the African champions.

The Bafana Bafana centre back completed his switch from Ajax Cape Town last month and says he also thanks the coach Pitso Mosimane.

Coetzee was set to join a Glasgow Celtic from Scotland, but his move never materialised due to his failure to pass his medical.

Ahead of the move to the Scottish Premier League, it was discovered that the 20-year old Kakamas-born player had a broken bone on his right foot.

“I am grateful to the president for allowing me to come to such a prestigious club like Sundowns,” said Coetzee to the Sowetan.

“The day my deal to Celtic failed I got a call from coach Pitso and I would like to thank him for giving me a chance to be part of his team.

“It means the coach believes in me and my ability, otherwise he would not have singed me with this injury.

“This is a club I’ve always wanted to join and it is the only club I would play for in the PSL.”

Meanwhile, the Brazilians are out of the country as they are set to meet Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca in the return leg of their CAF Champions League quarter-final clash on Saturday.

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Booth confident that Coetzee will live his European dream – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Staff Reporter

Wednesday Sep 06, 2017. 19:00


Former Bafana Bafana defender Matthew Booth remains hopeful that Rivaldo Coetzee will earn a move to Europe in the foreseeable future, despite failure to do so in the recent transfer window.

Coetzee, 20, was on the verge of joining Scottish champions Glasgow Celtic from Ajax Cape Town, but saw his dreams crushed after he failed a medical in Johannesburg due to a reported foot injury.

This, though, didn’t hinder a subsequent move to Mamelodi Sundowns with the Brazilians said to have coughed up around R12-million to secure the services of the South Africa international.

Coetzee follows in the footsteps of Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly in making the switch to Chloorkop form the Urban Warriors, and will be hoping to replicate Dolly’s rise by also moving to Europe.

Booth strongly believes that Coetzee has all the credentials to prosper on the world’s biggest stage:

“It was very sad what happened because I would have liked for him to go abroad. I hope in future Downs will not stand in his way when an offer from overseas comes,” Booth told the Sowetan. “He is an exceptional talent. I see him playing in the top leagues in Europe.

“He is comfortable on the ball and is able to pass the ball from the back, which is what is taught at Ajax,” he concluded.

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Unforgettable UCL action awaits Coetzee, Ndlovu – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

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Unforgettable UCL action awaits Coetzee, Ndlovu

Bongani Zungu and Rivaldo Coetzee of South Africa during the Bafana Bafana training on the Peoples Park training fields at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa on June 08, 2015 ©Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Saturday Aug 26, 2017. 17:00


South African duo, Rivaldo Coetzee and Dino Ndlovu, are set for an unforgettable UEFA Champions League campaign with Celtic and Qarabag respectively.

No matter how far their club side’s progress in this season’s premier European competition, it is destined to be a memorable campaign for both players with trips to some of the world’s best club teams.

It was this week confirmed that Coetzee, 20, would be joining Scottish giants Glasgow Celtic with the ‘Hoops’ to come up against Bayern Munich, Paris-Saint Germain and Anderlecht in this season’s UEFA Champions League group stages.

Ndlovu, who played in integral part in leading his Azerbaijani side to a first UCL campaign, will come go head-to-head with Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Roma in Group C.

In contrast, things are a bit easier for the likes of Bongani Zungu, Thulani Serero and Amajita ace Luther Singh, who will play in the Europa League this season.

This is who the South African stars’ will come up against in Europe’s second tier competition:

Zungu’s Vitória Guimarães: Red Bull Salzburg, Marseille and Konyaspor.

Thulani Serero’s Vitesse: Lazio, Nice and Zulte-Waragem.

Lither Singh’s Braga: Hoffenheim, Ludogorets and İstanbul Başakşehir.

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Rivaldo Coetzee set to undergo Celtic medical in SA – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Rivaldo Coetzee set to undergo Celtic medical in SA

Rivaldo Coetzee of Ajax Cape Town challenged by Rodney Ramagalela of Polokwane City during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Polokwane City and Ajax Cape Town at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane South Africa on 18 February 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Staff Reporter

Friday Aug 25, 2017. 09:10


Scotland bound Rivaldo Coetzee will undergo his medical on South African soil, with Glasgow Celtic officials to jet into Johannesburg this weekend to have a look at the Bafana Bafana defender.

Coetzee, 20, has agreed terms with ‘The Hoops’, but will only complete his transfer to Celtic following a successful medical examination and upon receiving his work permit.

Ajax Cape Town earlier this week confirmed that Coetzee would be joining the Scottish champions with the Kakamas-born defender having penned a three-year-deal with a one-year option.

Glasgow Celtic were on Thursday drawn in alongside Bayern Munich, Paris-Saint Germain and Anderlecht after successfully booking their place in the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League group stages.

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Rare Rivaldo Coetzee goal earns Urban Warriors a 1-1 draw – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Rare Rivaldo Coetzee goal earns Urban Warriors a 1-1 draw

Ayanda Makua of Ajax Cape Town is challenged by Musa Bilankulu of Golden Arrows during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between Ajax Cape Town and Golden Arrows a Cape Town Stadium on 19 August 2017 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Saturday Aug 19, 2017. 22:46


A second-half strike from Rivaldo Coetzee earned Ajax Cape Town a 1-1 draw in an Absa Premiership clash at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Urban Warriors defender popped up from a corner-kick four minutes following the interval to net his first goal for the club.

This after Lerato Lamola had handed the visitors the lead in the 24th minute, with both Abafana Bes’thende and the hosts showing signs of fatigue in the closing stages of what was their opening league game of the campaign.

Ajax Cape Town threatened early through Sedwyn George and Mosa Lebusa with latter – who was named as captain earlier this week – seeing his glancing header bounce narrowly wide of goal.

It would be the visitors, though, to open the scoring as Brandon Petersen hammered his attempted clearance into the onrushing Lamola – the ball bouncing off the forward and into the back of the net.

Last season’s National First Division (NFD) top-scorer, Sedwyn George, had a chance to pull the hosts level on the cusp of half-time, but the forward was unlucky to see his shot fly wide after playing a quick 1-2 with Neo Makua.

Arrows 1-0 up at the break.

Ajax Cape Town came out guns blazing following the interval and pulled level through Coetzee in the 49th minute. The 20-year-old Bafana Bafana defender with a rare goal for his club.

Both teams squandered chances to win the game with the two sets of players tiring in the final exchanges. The game duly ending in a 1-1 stalemate.

Ajax Cape Town (0) 1 (Coetzee 49′)

Golden Arrows (1) 1 (Lamola 24′)

Ajax Cape Town: Petersen; Lebusa, Coetzee (Sasman 58′), Nhlapo, Isaacs – Mdabuka, Margeman, Kabwe – Mosadi, Makua (Mzwakali 79′), George (Morris 64′)

Golden Arrows: Gumede; Mngwengwe, Cele, Jooste, Bilankulu (Molefe 76′), Nonyane, Mzava Dlamini, Mahachi (Mutizwa 76′), Ntanga (Sibiya 53′), Lamola

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SA star Coetzee a wanted man in Europe – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Aug 04, 2017. 16:00


European and local interest in South African international Rivaldo Coetzee has been confirmed.

Danish club Brondby IF and Belgium side KV Oostende have reportedly enquired about the Ajax Cape Town defender’s availability.

The highly-rated defender, who is only 20, is likely to leave the South African Absa Premiership during the current Transfer Window.

His agent, Mike Makaab has confirmed that Coetzee is a wanted man and also revealed that he will soon hold talks with Ajax about the player’s future.

“There is interest in Sweden and Denmark. Also, a club in Belgium is keen on him as are two other clubs locally,” Makaab told Independent Media.

“I feel this is the right time for Rivaldo to go overseas. He is 20 (years-old) and close to 30 Bafana caps,” he said.

“He has already played at the (Africa) Nations Cup and the Olympics and he is close to a 100 PSL matches. He is ready for Europe and he can grow there.

“We will sit down with Ajax next week and discuss his future. All Rivaldo is interested in is to be happy. It doesn’t matter where he is as long as he is happy.”

Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs are believed to be the two local clubs that also chasing Coetzee’s signing.

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