Booth confident that Coetzee will live his European dream

Booth confident that Coetzee will live his European dream
Rivaldo Coetzee

by Staff Reporter

Wednesday Sep 06, 2017. 19:00

Former Bafana Bafana defender Matthew Booth remains hopeful that Rivaldo Coetzee will earn a move to Europe in the foreseeable future, despite failure to do so in the recent transfer window.

Coetzee, 20, was on the verge of joining Scottish champions Glasgow Celtic from Ajax Cape Town, but saw his dreams crushed after he failed a medical in Johannesburg due to a reported foot injury.

This, though, didn't hinder a subsequent move to Mamelodi Sundowns with the Brazilians said to have coughed up around R12-million to secure the services of the South Africa international.

Coetzee follows in the footsteps of Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly in making the switch to Chloorkop form the Urban Warriors, and will be hoping to replicate Dolly's rise by also moving to Europe.

Booth strongly believes that Coetzee has all the credentials to prosper on the world's biggest stage:

"It was very sad what happened because I would have liked for him to go abroad. I hope in future Downs will not stand in his way when an offer from overseas comes," Booth told the Sowetan. "He is an exceptional talent. I see him playing in the top leagues in Europe.

"He is comfortable on the ball and is able to pass the ball from the back, which is what is taught at Ajax," he concluded.

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