Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns striker Jeremy Brockie says
central defender Rivaldo Coetzee gave a polished performance on debut in the
2-0 win over Leones Vegetarianos in the CAF Champions League.
Coetzee signed for Sundowns in August 2017 however has
struggled with a career-threatening foot injury and has had to wait for over a
year to make his bow for the Brazilians.
However, he put in a good shift on Wednesday alongside Wayne
Arendse as Sundowns beat the side from Equatorial Guinea in a Preliminary Round
first-leg tie at the Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin.
The player could feature again in the second leg on 5
December at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria.
Brockie said: "They [Vegetarianos] were at home and we
expected them to come out and play a little bit. They've got some big boys at
the back and up top, so they were quite direct and looking to play off the big
man at the top.
"But 'Riva', first game for the club and it looks like
he has been playing for years. He is a good, composed centre-back and he and
Wayne put in a solid performance.”
In the encounter against the 'Vegetarian Lions', the New
Zealand striker scored the first goal with a stunning volley before Themba
Zwane sealed the victory with a second half strike.