Rivaldo Coetzee celebrates 23rd birthday: 5 facts about the footballer

Rivaldo Coetzee celebrates 23rd birthday: 5 facts about the footballer

Rivaldo Roberto Genino Coetzee celebrates his 23rd birthday today. Briefly.co.za gathered a few interesting facts about the talented Mamelodi Sundowns defender.

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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.

2. Accomplishments

In 2017, he won the club's Player of the Season award before signing for Mamelodi Sundowns later in the year.

Rivaldo Coetzee celebrates 23rd birthday: 5 facts about the footballer

Rivaldo Coetzee celebrates 23rd birthday: 5 facts about the footballer
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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.

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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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Source: Briefly.co.za

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