Ri­valdo’s agent out on a mis­sion to end Ajax saga

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - MINENHLE MKHIZE

RI­VALDO Coet­zee’s man­ager, Mike Makaab of ProS­port In­ter­na­tional, is set to meet Ajax Cape Town boss Ari Ef­s­tathiou to try and re­solve the on-go­ing saga with the Bafana Bafana de­fender.

Coetze, has failed to re­port to the Ajax camp since the Ur­ban War­riors be­gan their pre-sea­son prepa­ra­tions.

The young Bafana de­fender has been linked with a move else­where, with Sun­downs said to be lead­ing the race to cap­ture the 20-year-old’s sig­na­ture.

“Ari has been over­seas. This week he is com­ing back and we have a planned meet­ing with him, where we will try and sort out this is­sue. It is an open se­cret that the player is not happy. A lot of good of­fers have been re­fused. These of­fers in­clude over­seas teams that have shown in­ter­est. That’s why the player is not train­ing with the club,” Maakab ex­plained.

Coet­zee is still left with another two sea­sons on his con­tract with Ajax and was hon­oured last sea­son as the club’s best player at their awards.

“There are of­fers for Ri­valdo, that I can con­firm. I be­lieve we should try and find an am­i­ca­ble so­lu­tion to this mat­ter,” Maakab elab­o­rated. There’s been ru­mours that Sun­downs are be­hind Coet­zee’s ab­sence, the Brazil­ians accused of hav­ing in­flu­enced him to stay away from the Ajax camp. It is an ac­cu­sa­tion Makaab fu­ri­ously de­nied. “I can cat­e­gor­i­cally state that is ab­so­lutely not true,” Makaab said. Mean­while, a source re­vealed to the The Star that Sun­downs are se­ri­ous about ac­quir­ing Coet­zee. “(Sun­downs) have pre­sented an of­fer to Ajax but the club wants R30 mil­lion. That is ridicu­lous. As much as Sun­downs are in­ter­ested in a player, they are not will­ing to pay that amount of money. That is crazy.”

Sun­downs’ de­nied any in­ter­ested in Coet­zee.

“We are not shocked that peo­ple are link­ing us to Ri­valdo. He is a good player but we’ve never come out and said we want to sign him ... Peo­ple al­ways link us with cer­tain play­ers so that they can in­crease their value. That is not new. So, it is not true that we have told Ri­valdo to stay away ... If we need him, we will con­sult with Ajax, not with the player. At Sun­downs we do things pro­fes­sion­ally and we will never use such tac­tics to poach a player,” Sun­downs spokesper­son, Thulani Thuswa, ex­plained.

At­tempts to get in touch with Ef­s­tathiou proved fruit­less as his phone rang unan­swered.

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