African Champions, Mamelodi Sundowns’ marquee signing Rivaldo Coetzee has expressed gratitude to club president Patrice Motsepe for approving his record transfer despite the defender suffering from a bizarre injury.

The top defender also sent some interesting warning to Sundowns’ PSL title rivals this season.

Sundowns paid a record fee between PSL clubs, in the region of R12-million, for Coetzee.

Coetzee was on the verge of a transfer to Scottish giants Glasgow Celtic before the deal was revoked after the discovery of a broken bone in his right foot.

The Tshwane club decided to take the risk and break the bank for the 20-year-old.

Coetzee has vowed to repay the faith showed in him by the billionaire club owner and coach Pitso Mosimane.

“I am grateful to the president for allowing me to come to such a prestigious club like Sundowns,” said Coetzee.

“The day my deal to Celtic failed I got a call from coach Pitso and I would like to thank him for giving me a chance to be part of his team.

“It means the coach believes in me and my ability, otherwise he would not have singed me with this injury.”


“This is a club I’ve always wanted to join and it is the only club I would play for in the PSL.

“I’d been thinking about it coming to the end of last season.

“All I could think about was finding a new challenge where I can develop more.”

”For our title rivals, the so called big teams (Pirates and Chiefs) we will give you guys a big fight until the last day of the season. I know it won’t be  an easy one but we are ready for the fight.

”Most of you don’t want  to spend like  Big Man Motsepe did, but you want to win. That is why you all will keep wallowing on past glories,” said Coetzee.

Coetzee expects to begin working on his fitness only after eight weeks, when he will stop walking with a moon boot.