While the rest of his teammates are set to return to Chloorkop, Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Rivaldo Coetzee revealed why he stayed put and sacrificed his holiday.
According to Soccer Laduma, the Sundowns squad officially return for the resumption of training on Monday 28 November following a two-week layoff.
A large majority of the club’s players and staff jetted out to different parts of the world, however, Coetzee remained in Johannesburg and spent time working at the club’s Chloorkop facility to regain his fitness.
“I won’t be going home during this break period we’re having with the team. I’m going to be here in Joburg because I need to work a little bit more.
“I will be looking to work on strengthening mostly the area where I had surgery because there’s still work that needs to be done in order for me to be fully fit for games,” he said via the club’s official website.
The 25-year-old is under no illusions of the competition he faces upon his return with the likes of Andile Jali, Sipho Mbule, Bongani Zungu and Teboho Mokoena all vying for a starting berth at the Brazilians.
“I understand that I have to work hard for my place in the team and to be able to get some game-time.
“With the FIFA World Cup break underway, I hope to achieve my fitness goal. The break will give me enough time to achieve the fitness goals I have set,” he said.
Coetzee is yet to feature in an official match for Sundowns this season although he made an appearance for the Brazilians in the Carling Black Label triumph earlier this month.