Mamelodi Sundowns make decision on Rivaldo Coetzee & Brian Onyango

The Brazilians have made up their minds on the two players’ future

Mamalodi Sundowns have reportedly decided to keep midfielder Rivaldo Coetzee but part ways with defender Brian Onyango.

Coetzee is one of the longest-serving players at Sundowns having joined the Brazilians in 2017 from Ajax Cape Town (Cape Town Spurs) and has enjoyed a trophy-laded eight years at the club.

Injuries have, however, hampered him in recent years and featured in 29 of Sundowns’ 58 games last season, fueling speculation that he was set to leave at the end of his contract this month.

However, according to iDiski Times, Sundowns have triggered the one-year option on Coetzee’s deal which will see him stay with the Pretoria giants for the 2024-25 campaign.

Coetzee has won 12 trophies in eight years at Sundowns

Coetzee has made 120 appearances for Masandawana, winning 12 trophies, including seven PSL titles.

One player who has no future at Sundowns is Kenyan defender Brian Onyango whose contract also ends this month.

SABC has reported that Onyango will not be offered a new deal after an injury-filled spell at Chloorkop since joining the club from Maritzburg United in 2020.

Hamza BellaHouel of CR Belouizdad challenged by Brian Onyango of Mamelodi Sundowns during the 2021 CAF Champions League. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/Icon Sport

The 2023-24 campaign saw him claim his third straight South African top-flight crown with the Brazilians but it was another season when he played a peripheral role.

Onyango has been given few minutes by Rulani Mokwena

Just like the 2021-22 and 2022-23 campaigns, Onyango has been blighted by injuries and poor form that has seen him given few minutes by coach Rulani Mokwena.

Now, the club seems to have made up its mind to part ways with the defender, one year after it was reported that he was surplus to requirements, only for him to stay.

Onyango has made 61 appearances in all competitions in the yellow and blue of Sundowns, with nine of those coming in the just-concluded campaign, which saw him feature in just three league games.

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