Coetzee 'belongs in Europe'

2015-02-03 13:55
Rivaldo Coetzee (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Bafana Bafana midfielder Quinton Fortune believes that young Ajax Cape Town defender Rivaldo Coetzee has what it takes to succeed in Europe.

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After watching South African crash out of the 2015 African Cup of Nations at the first-round stage, former Manchester United man Fortune feels that it would benefit Bafana Bafana on the whole if more of national team members were to play their football overseas.

"If you look at our team in 1998 [when South Africa finished as runners up at AFCON], most of our players were playing all over Europe, which helped the national team," he told

"They have a lot of good young players but they lack experience and they were going to find it tough in that group."

Fortune was particularly impressed with Coetzee, who he has backed to make the grade in Europe.

He added: "The player that caught my eye for Bafana is Coetzee. He's been outstanding so far from what I've heard and I got the opportunity to see him for 90 minutes against Ghana.

"He looked really, really good - I hope he leaves South Africa as soon as possible to try his luck in Europe."


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