Mamelodi Sundowns Midfielder Rivaldo Coetzee has fully recovered from a hernia injury that he sustained early in March this year. The Brazilians Media team caught up with The Kakamas-born star to talk about his journey to recovery, how he dealt with the injury and how he feels being back with the rest of the team post-injury.
“Luckily for me, I was out of the pitch for an entire year when I came to Mamelodi Sundowns so during that time I got to work on my mental well-being and learned how to be strong in such situations. But this time around it’s different because I had to get surgery and I had to be strong mentally [and] because I had built up my mentality before, it worked in my favour during this injury.”
Coetzee expressed how maintaining a positive attitude has helped him with his recovery journey, he said: “I had prepared myself mentally and I knew the recovery journey wouldn’t be easy for me. My positive mindset pushed me to put in a little bit of extra work and I was able to keep my shape during the time I was out and I’m happy about that.”
The Bafana Ba Style player expressed how during the recovery period he had missed the boys at the cub and their vibe. Coetzee also mentioned that for the first two months after his surgery he didn’t go for training at Chloorkop and he didn’t get a chance to interact with his teammates which is the one thing he missed when he was away. The midfielder added that the mood during training at the club with his teammates is always good because everyone is always happy and positive which helps in cheering one up when they’re feeling down.
Rivaldo travelled with the team for the first time this season to KwaZulu-Natal for the encounters against Maritzburg United and Royal AM and hopes to be match ready for Masandawana’s last game of the year on new year’s eve should he get an opportunity to get game time.
“I’m happy to be back with the team and on the bench because that is a good step for me as I have just returned from an injury”. The 25-year-old star further expressed his gratitude to the medical team at the club for looking after him during his injury and consistently checking up on him and his progress.
Mamelodi Sundowns will play their next game for the DSTV Premiership on 31 December 2022 against Orlando Pirates at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.