Hlompho Kekana raises Rivaldo Coetzee and Kamohelo Mokotjo comparison


Coetzee has long been considered a quality player, having made his Bafana Bafana debut at the age of 18 back in 2014, but earned respect mostly as a centre-back.

The 23-year-old has since moved into central midfield under coach Pitso Mosimane and is now considered a classy number-six, alongside Kekana.

The pair saw out Sundowns' treble-winning campaign in the bio-bubble, and 'Riva' has now been lauded for his ability and versatility.

"Riva is a special player, I love Riva. I love the way he conducts himself, he's a professional and knows what we expect and want from him," Kekana told the media.

"He can give you all sorts of passes in the game, he can give you all sorts of elements in the game. He understands and reads the game well for his age.

"When I see him, I believe he plays like a 35 or 36-year-old, because he's never in a hurry, he's always calm in everything that he does, even when they play Matatu - the game that they [teammates] play.

"So, you can see the level of maturity of that kid. For me, I love watching him play. It's just that I'm playing with him, so there are certain things that I can't stop and see what he's doing.

"But I like the way he reads the game, he knows how to pass the ball and you can see that he has been to through an academy structure.

"I think, without having so many injuries, I think he can be a better player not only for Sundowns, but he deserves to play oversees. I don't know how he can avoid the injuries, but ja, he's very refreshing to see. When I see Riva, I see Kamo Mokotjo."