Rivaldo Coetzee plays 90 minutes in Angola stalemate

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Ajax Cape Town defender Rivaldo Coetzee played the full match as Bafana Bafana were held to a 0-0 draw by Angola in an international friendly, played at the Buffalo City Stadium in East London on Tuesday evening.

The 20-year-old started the match alongside Kaizer Chiefs stalwart Eric Mathoho, with the duo building on their partnership at national level.

South Africa dominated both possession and territory, but found if difficult to break down a very stubborn Palancas Negras defensive unit, with goalkeeper Adilson Neblú making several crucial saves for the visitors.

Former Urban Warriors, Thulani Serero and Keagan Dolly, got a run-out in the second-half with the latter going closest with a long-range thunderbolt in the 69th minute.

Lebogang Manyama started the game for Bafana Bafana while Thulani Hlatshwayo missed out through injury. Darren Keet started in goal for Owen Da Gama’s troops.

Coetzee had a chance to win the game late on, but his header attempt was well saved by the Angolan shot-stopper. Despite the frustrating outcome, the result does extend South Africa’s unbeaten run to 17 matches.

South Africa resumes its 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign away to Cape Verde on the 28th of August.

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