Cape Town - Former Bafana Bafana defender David Kannemeyer has backed Rivaldo Coetzee to succeed in Europe - if he can retain his focus and work ethic.
The 18-year-old Coetzee has raked in the plaudits of late, having become the youngest player to represent Bafana Bafana when he turned out against Congo earlier in the month.
Kannemeyer, who is now a youth coach Ajax Cape Town, has watched Coetzee's progression from the youth side to the senior setup and feels that he will only get better, with a move overseas in the offering if he stays on the right track.
"Obviously Rivaldo has grown in stages, but I think he is more matured now having spent time with Ajax Amsterdam," Kannemeyer told Football411.
"I think he can only grow bigger and he can go places, from Bafana you will never know what the next step is.
"He’s still very young, I think he’s got a very long tough future and I think at the moment he should just keep his feet on the ground and carry on with what he’s been doing.
"I think his time for Europe will come, and the bigger things in his career will come too, but at the moment he just needs to keep his feet on the ground.
"Do his job for Ajax Cape Town and bigger things will come to him."