Rivaldo Roberto Genino Coetzee celebrates his 23rd birthday today. Briefly.co.za gathered a few interesting facts about the talented Mamelodi Sundowns defender.
1. Early career
Rivaldo is a graduate of the Ajax Cape Town academy. He made his professional debut in 2014 at the age of 17 and made just under 100 appearances for the club.
In 2017, he won the club's Player of the Season award before signing for Mamelodi Sundowns later in the year.
3. International career
He made his international debut in 2014 and became the youngest player ever to represent South Africa at the age of 17 years and 361 days. His record has now been broken by Fagrie Lakay.
4. Medical issues
Before the move to Sundowns, Ajax had announced that they had agreed to sell Coetzee to Scottish Premiership club Celtic. The proposed transfer later collapsed, however, as the player failed his medical after it was discovered that he had an underlying issue in his right foot.
5. Mamelodi Sundowns
Coetzee signed for Ajax's PSL rivals Mamelodi Sundowns on the transfer deadline day for a reported fee of R10m. He underwent corrective surgery on his foot soon after his arrival which resulted in him missing the entire 2017/18 season. Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane revealed that Coetzee's ailment was more serious than they thought.
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