Downs' Coetzee reveals return date


Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Rivaldo Coetzee has opened up about his season with Masandawana which was cut short due to injury in March.

"For me personally it wasn’t one of my best seasons. I started off the season well but I think towards the middle of the season just before my injury, the performance dropped a little bit for me and that’s how I feel," he told the Mamelodi Sundowns site.

The 25-year-old's injury saw him appear for Masandawana 23 times last season, a far cry from his 31 appearances in the 2020/21 season. The defensive midfielder joined Sundowns in 2017 from Ajax Cape Town as one of the hottest prospects in South African football.

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He has grown into a key figure in a Mamelodi Sundowns team that’s ruled the DStv Premiership with brute force over the past four seasons.

Masandawana clinched their fifth consecutive title last month and despite his reduced contribution, Coetzee is full of praise for his teammates.

"For the club as a whole I think winning the treble is indescribable, not a lot of players have the opportunity to achieve that. Some guys may even play longer than you in the PSL but they don’t have the opportunity that we now have of celebrating a treble," he adds.

"I think credit must go to the team, it’s been a long, tough season but we stuck it out and managed to come back home with three domestic trophies."

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While his teammates take a needed rest after a gruelling season, Coetzee is determined to be fit enough to join up with his teammates for pre-season training.

"The main focus for me will be to get back on and start to take my rehab to the next level so that I can be ready when the team returns for pre-season," he says.

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