Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has compared Rivaldo Coetzee to a Barcelona midfielder and says he is a “typical European number six”.
Mosimane has been playing Coetzee as a central midfielder and the player has not looked out of place. The former Ajax Cape Town man not only passes the ball well, but his movement off the ball is good and his interceptions are key. While he prefers playing in central defence, Mosimane is likely to carry on playing him in central midfield.
Having already seen players such as Bongani Zungu, Keagan Dolly and Percy Tau going overseas from Sundowns, Mosimane is hoping that Coetzee can attract attention and make a move. A move to Glasgow Celtic fell through a few years ago after it was discovered during a medical that he has an underlying foot problem.
“For me with Rivaldo it’s just a question of one scout from Europe. He is a European six, he’s a [Sergio] Busquets. “He does not make many mistakes,” Mosimane says.
Mosimane is just happy that the risk he took to sign Coetzee did not backfire.
“We invested a lot of money in him, he did not come cheap from Ajax. We took a risk and it could have backfired on me. He’s a special player, he’s an investment. The boy is 22. If Percy went overseas at 23, Keagan at 23…so one more year for Rivaldo. He’s got a chance. The boy can play in the UK, easy. He can play in France, he can play in Italy. He is quality.”