Pitso: Rivaldo is a good investment
Posted: 4 September 2017 Time: 09:01
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says he had to “strike at the right time” to secure the services of young defender Rivaldo Coetzee from Ajax Cape Town.
Sundowns worked tirelessly behind the scenes on transfer deadline day last Thursday to get Coetzee on board, as defender Mario Booysen went the other way as part of the deal which included money said to be over R10 million.
Sundowns’ deal to sign Coetzee came after the player failed a medical at Scottish giants Glasgow Celtic. The club said there is an underlying problem in Coetzee's right foot.
Mosimane, however, says Sundowns have consulted a specialist who believes the defender will soon come right.
Sundowns expect Coetzee to return to competitive action in about three months.
“Medically his condition will be sorted. He does not have to go through an operation of nine months like everybody said. He will soon be back, I think three months maybe,” Mosimane said.
“The specialist gave us a report and we are happy with the report. I think when Brendan Rodgers [Celtic coach] sees the medical report again, he will be willing to have a look at the player again."
Mosimane compared the signing of Coetzee to some big ones he has made previously, including Khama Billiat, Keagan Dolly and Teko Modise.
“Football is a game of moments. He is available, you’ve got to take the chance. I know I have five centre-backs, but do you want to lose this chance to sign a 20-year-old?
“Of course you are going to pay a little bit more. But let me tell you a story. We broke the bank for Khama. Today you’ll ask me is it worth it? He has won six cups here. For us to pay X amount of money to Ajax for Keagan. Commercially it was a clever move because he was bought out of his release clause [by Montpellier] which was good money. You can say how can we pay so much for Rivaldo? Just wait, Rivaldo is a good investment.
“I remember when I was at SuperSport United. We bought Dennis Masina for R500 000. It took the whole budget. He was 18 years. We sold him overseas after he gave us a good three years.
"I bought Teko for R600 000. Everybody asked how can you spend that money for a player in the First Division. Was it worth it? I have done these transactions before, so I am not afraid to make those deals, but it does not mean I got all of them right.”
Coetzee was Sundowns' final signing of the window after they brought in Oupa Manyisa, George Lebese, Razak Brimah and Thokozani Sekotlong. The African champions promoted Keletso Makgalwa and Thendo Mukumela from their development.