Daily Dispatch

No end to Rivaldo saga


THERE is still no end in sight to the impasse between Ajax Cape Town and want-away defender Rivaldo Coetzee‚ leaving coach Stanley Menzo frustrated over the impact on his pre-season plans.

Coetzee has not reported for preseason training‚ hopeful of either pushing for a move away from the club or to land a better deal having been named Player of the Year and players’ Player of the Year in the 2016-17 season.

The 20-year-old Bafana Bafana internatio­nal has drawn interest from home and abroad‚ but clubs are put off by the reported R13million price-tag Ajax have placed on him.

All the frustrated while Menzo is left a spectator‚ without his best defender and unsure whether he will fit part of his plans.

“I’m disappoint­ed‚ but look‚ it’s football‚” Menzo told reporters.

“It shows no respect for your teammates. If it is an issue with the club‚ then take it to the club.

“It’s a bit silly and petty‚ but OK‚ we make choices in life and sometimes we don’t make the right ones. It’s a pity.”

Menzo says another one of his stars‚ believed to be Chippa Unitedboun­d Mark Mayambela‚ is also unhappy and says if players don’t want to play for the club‚ their exit should be managed to suit both parties.

“There are two players that want to go‚ without mentioning names. If you want to be here … you must be happy‚ you must want to be here. It doesn’t make sense to be here and not be happy.” — DDC

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