Cape Town - After being
handed his debut against Congo in Pointe Noire, 17-year-old Rivaldo Coetzee
reveals he was “really nervous”.
Read: Bafana to keep
feet on ground
Speaking to the
official SAFA website, the Ajax Cape Town defender was called upon by Shakes
Mashaba following the withdrawal of Anele Ngcongca.
"I heard the night before the game after supper that I
was going to start,” said Rivaldo.
“I was very shocked because I did not expect that as there
are more senior players than me in the squad, and they are also more
The defender who put in an inspiring display for the
national side after helping Bafana defeat Congo 2-0 courtesy of Bongani Ndalula
and Tokelo Rantie goals.
Coetzee who turns 18 on Thursday, October 16 admits that he
was close to asking Mashaba to relinquish his starting place after nerves got
the better of him.
“I really wanted the time to stand still because I was very
nervous,” Coetzee said.
“I kept telling myself that I don’t think I am ready, maybe
I must tell the coach to leave me out of the team.”
“On our way to the stadium we were singing in the bus, and
that also calmed me down. Getting into the stadium and seeing all the fans, I
knew that back at home everyone is watching the game and supporting me. I
couldn’t disappoint. I just had to come out of my shell and put up a good
Bafana will play Congo at the new Peter Mokaba Stadium on
Wednesday, October 15 in Polokwane for the return AFCON qualifier. Kick-off will be at 20:05.
At Pointe-Noire, Congo
Congo Brazzaville 0 v South Africa 2 (Ndulula
52, Rantie 55)
Sudan 1 (Almadina 41) v Nigeria 0
Standings (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals
S. Africa 3 2 1 0 5 0 7
Congo 3 2 0 1 5 4 6
Sudan 3 1 0 2 1 5 3
Nigeria 3 0 1 2 2 4 1