Cape Town - Ajax
Cape Town coach Roger de Sa has rubbished claims that too much strain his being
placed on young defender Rivaldo Coetzee.
Read: 'Chiefs have a healthy lead'
It has been a phenomenal season for the 18-year-old center
back, who's performances at the heart of Ajax's defense earned him a call up to
the national squad where, at the age of 17 years and 361 days, he became Bafana
Bafana's youngest ever player.
Coetzee has already played 23 games for the Urban Warriors
this season and six for the national side, leading some to suggest too much is
being asked of him too soon.
However, De Sa insists the youngster can handle everything
that is being thrown at him.
"I'm not really concerned - if he was 32-years-old then
I would've been," he told KickOff.
"At the age of 18 the boy has incredible energy. I
coached Oupa Manyisa when he played 50 matches in one season and he was
"As an 18-year-old Rivaldo should be able to play every
match providing there is a 72-hour break in between the games. He lives a good
clean life and is a young boy who has not had too many injuries."
Ajax host Bidvest Wits in a Nedbank Cup quarter-final clash
on Friday and there is little doubt Coetzee will maintain his place in the
starting line-up for the fixture.