Absa Premiership

Ajax's Graham in awe of Coetzee's talent

2016-11-15 14:51
Rivaldo Coetzee (Getty)

Ajax Cape Town captain Travis Graham admits to being in awe of the talent possessed by teammate Rivaldo Coetzee.

Coetzee has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the last year with 14 caps for Bafana Bafana and stellar performances for Ajax that helped the team clinch the MTN8 title last season.

The 20-year-old Coetzee gave a resounding display for Bafana in the 2-1 win against Senegal in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match at the weekend.

Graham remains unsure whether Ajax will be able to hold on to Coetzee with so much interest from local clubs as well as clubs abroad.

"Rivaldo has been doing very well for himself, he is a fantastic player and he reads the game very well," Graham told Goal.

"He has amazing talent and to me it is no surprise that he is in the Bafana Bafana starting eleven, even at such a young age.

"While his age might be a bit of a disadvantage for some, it surely is an advantage at the same time. He just needs to remain humble, focused and keep his feet on the ground.

"There is a lot of interest coming his way and he will have to make the right decision at some point, but I am sure he will do the right thing because knowing Rivaldo he is a great person."

Bafana Bafana today announced that Coetzee had withdrawn from the squad set to face Mozambique in an international friendly tonight.

The South African Football Association confirmed that the defender had suffered a knee injury while on international duty.


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