Absa Premiership

Coetzee: Menzo has improved my game

2016-12-20 19:01
Rivaldo Coetzee (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town defender Rivaldo Coetzee admits new head coach Stanley Menzo has changed his role within the team.

Coetzee's upturn in form has culminated in the Urban Warriors' rise up the table, and the Bafana Bafana defender says the Dutchman has urged him to play as a more complete ball-playing defender - that contributes to the team's attacking play.

While the 20-year-old admits it is something that is part of his game, he is keen to improve and feels the coach's directions have helped the side improve defensively too.

"Since the coach (Menzo) has come in, the mentality of the team has changed," he told IOL. "As a defender at the back, I can now also use the space ahead of me and travel into midfield.

"It's done to create an extra man in midfield and, in this way, catch the opposition off-guard.

"It's a part of my game I’ve always wanted to improve. So, I'm enjoying getting into midfield areas, getting more involved, and affecting the game in that way.

"It also allows me to link up with the attacking players in the team," Coetzee added.

"We are doing very well now, we are scoring goals and we are not conceding as many as we used to."

Ajax next welcome the dangerous Chippa United to the Cape Town Stadium where they will be looking for move into the top half of the PSL standings.

Kick off is at 19:30.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Friday, 19 January 2018
Wits v Bloemfontein Celtic, Bidvest Stadium 20:00
Saturday, 20 January 2018
Cape Town City FC v Ajax Cape Town, Cape Town Stadium 15:30
Free State Stars v Maritzburg United, Goble Park 15:30
Mamelodi Sundowns v Platinum Stars, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 18:00
AmaZulu FC v SuperSport United, King Zwelithini Stadium 20:15
Orlando Pirates v Polokwane City, Orlando Stadium 20:15
Sunday, 21 January 2018
Chippa United v Golden Arrows, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 15:30
Baroka FC v Kaizer Chiefs, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.