Downs defender set for a comeback


Mamelodi Sundowns defender Rivaldo Coetzee says he is eager to return from a lengthy spell on the sidelines when the Absa Premiership resumes following the coronavirus pandemic.

Coetzee has returned to full training, albeit individually, after he picked up a nasty leg injury following a reckless tackle by Mogamad De Goede during Sundowns’s 3-1 victory over Stellenbosch in December 2019 at Loftus Stadium.

Before that incident, the centre-back was on the sidelines for nine months with a foot injury.

The 23-year-old from the Northern Cape has been limited to just 10 appearances for Sundowns this season but has made a quick recovery after it was said that his season was over.

“It’s good to be back being part of the team for the daily training sessions. I am just hoping to get stronger from here,” said Coetzee. – Picture courtesy of Mamelodi Sundowns.

“There are a few things I need to work on, and I am looking forward to doing that. I want to help the team as much as possible,” added the Downs defender.

The Tshwane giants and coach Pitso Mosimane will now have another option at the back for their last nine league games as they look to overtake leaders Kaizer Chiefs at the top of the table. Mosimane’s men trail by four points but have a game in hand.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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