Bel­gium, Den­mark call­ing for un­happy Ri­valdo

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - MINENHLE MKHIZE

RI­VALDO COETZEE could well get his wish for a move to a big­ger club af­ter all. And it’s likely to be a Euro­pean one.

Back at Ajax Cape Town af­ter hav­ing gone AWOL in an ef­fort to get the club to ac­cede to of­fers for his ser­vices, the highly rated de­fender is ap­par­ently in the radar of a num­ber of clubs.

“There is in­ter­est from clubs in Swe­den And Den­mark,” said his agent Mike Makaab “Also a club in Bel­gium is keen on him as are two other clubs lo­cally.”

While he re­fused to name the clubs, In­de­pen­dent Me­dia has learnt that Dan­ish club Brondby IF as well as K.V Oos­tende of Bel­gium have made con­tact with Makaab re­gard­ing the player.

The lo­cal clubs that are af­ter the Bafana Bafana de­fender’s sig­na­ture are Mamelodi Sun­downs and Or­lando Pi­rates.

Said Makaab of the player who was made to apol­o­gise pub­licly for his go­ing ab­sent with­out leave when he re­turned to the club: “We will sit down with Ajax next week and dis­cuss his fu­ture. All Ri­valdo is in­ter­ested in is to be happy. It doesn’t mat­ter where he is as long as he is happy.”

There can be no deny­ing he is no longer happy at Ajax though and a move will no doubt do his ca­reer the world of good. And given Makaab’s pre­vi­ous deals with the two afore­men­tioned Euro­pean clubs, it might not be long be­fore the player who boasts 22 Bafana caps and is the youngest (he de­buted at 17 years) to ever don the na­tional team jer­sey trades the Pre­mier­ship for an­other league.

Should he go to Oos­tende, he will hook up with Bafana team­mate Andile Jali as well as an­other of Makaab’s clients in for­mer Kaizer Chiefs’ Zim­bab­wean striker Knowl­edge Mu­sona.

Brondby will also not hes­i­tate to give Coetzee a trial hav­ing pre­vi­ously looked Makaab’s other play­ers in Sibu­siso Vi­lakazi, Si­fiso Myeni and Lorenzo Gordinho.

“I feel this is the right time for Ri­valdo to go over­seas. He is 20 (years old) and close to 30 Bafana caps. He has al­ready played at the (Africa) Na­tions Cup and the Olympics and he is close to a 100 PSL matches. He is ready for Europe and he can grow there,” Makaab ex­plained.

Coetzee still has two more sea­sons left on his con­tract with Ajax.

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