JOHANNESBURG – Having spent more time at Mamelodi Sundowns’ medical room than the field of play, Rivaldo Coetzee, who is back to full fitness, is hoping to make an invaluable contribution to the team next season.
Coetzee joined the Brazilians two seasons ago from Ajax Cape Town, but that move came after a move to Scottish giants Glascow Celtic fell through after he failed a medical test.
The British medical custodians discovered that the bulky centre-back had an underlying problem in his right foot.
Coetzee went on to spend a full maiden season with the Brazilians in a moon boot and crutches. He bounced back to action in the second half of last season, working his way to full fitness through David Notoane’s reserve team.
“So far it’s been good. Everyone is positive and had quite a long break this time around. The mood in the camp and everything is positive,” said Coetzee. “We are looking forward to the new season.