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THE BREAKDOWN: Coetzee Or Onyango – Who’ll Fit Better At Sundowns?

Should Sundowns Sign Rivaldo Coetzee Or Brian Onyango?

By Kyle Smith - Jul 02, 2017 12:02 PM @KyleLaduma

Mamelodi Sundowns are currently facing a dilemma as to where they should look to provide cover for the centre back role at the club, with Ajax Cape Town’s Rivaldo Coetzee and Maritzburg United’s Brian Onyango being the candidates for the role.

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Sundowns have been linked with the Ajax star for quite some time, but it was revealed in Soccer Laduma issue number 1029 that they have now turned their attention to the Maritzburg United defender, with Coetzee commanding a mammoth fee and also linked with a move to Europe. However, should Sundowns opt for plan B or should they rather put in their best efforts to bring Coetzee into the club?

Onyango’s defensive actions were higher than Coetzee’s last season – more blocks, clearances, tackles and duels (2.0, 13.0, 1.79, and 6.04 per 90 minutes compared to Coetzee’s 1.44, 11.7, 0.97 and 3.81), while Coetzee won more balls per 90(21.0 to 17.8). Both players won a similar number of their aerial duels, while Coetzee won almost 70% of his ground duels compared to 60.7% for Onyango (which is still strong). The big difference between the two was on the ball – Coetzee attempted more than twice as many passes per 90 (54.5 to 23.2), passed for better accuracy (88% to 79.1), attempted more long balls (7.8 to 3.2 per 90) and was more accurate with his long passes (63% to 37.7%).

Therefore, the defensive contribution that both would offer is somewhat similar, but Coetzee provides more options going forward, much like Sundowns’ current incumbent, Ricardo Nascimento. Onyango appears to be more of a central defender in the shape of Soumahoro Bangaly.

However, on needs to consider that there are three different teams with three different styles of play and the adjustment from one to the other will be different.

Sundowns led the PSL with 56% more possessions in the maintenance possession style, which captures possessions in which a team looks to maintain and secure possession of the ball within the defensive area of the pitch, then the league average – Ajax Cape Town were also above average here (5th in the PSL, 15% above average), while Maritzburg were bottom of the league (35% below average). Coetzee would, therefore, be more used to this style, which is why his passing numbers were higher, so he could fit into the Sundowns system quicker – at least when on the ball.

With all of this considered, Sundowns must ask whether they value a traditional hard-hitting defender as much as a ball playing centre back. Rivaldo Coetzee offers the latter, which is why he is one of the hottest properties in South Africa. He would integrate better into the Sundowns system.

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However, Sundowns face an incredible fight if they are to sign Coetzee and the club’s management needs to decide if they are to put all of their eggs in one basket or if they will pursue a more realistic target in the form of Onyango.

 

Do you think Sundowns should sign Brian Onyango or Rivaldo Coetzee?


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THE Dreamer Joined: 10 Jul 2017
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THE Dreamer Jul 12, 2017 12:25 PM
Rivaldo Coetzee
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Papasmofokeng Joined: 04 Dec 2016
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Papasmofokeng Jul 03, 2017 06:01 AM
We need a winger nt a defender.Mweene n Ngconca must hit the road yoohh.I find it very difficult to watch Sundowns if there's one of the latter in the starting line up.yeerrr what's so special abt the 2? Concede goals???
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Tabali Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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Tabali Jul 03, 2017 02:05 AM
I think Onyango will not be taken @Downs because of this foreign quota. We have no space for him unless someone will apply for SA residence. With Ricardo he is not that good for that hefty price tag. I don't think Sundowns will sign him. But if i can choose Onyango Brian is better deal.
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mbotshane Joined: 26 Nov 2010
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mbotshane Jul 02, 2017 07:12 PM
@Lujar082 in fact there's a lot to learn from Sundowns..from the passion from Coach Pitso,his technical team,their supporters,Their President who appreciates and recognises the team's supporters and the fighting spirit from their players.They deserve every success coming their way...!
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Lujar082 Joined: 12 Jun 2015
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Lujar082 Jul 02, 2017 06:53 PM
@mbotshane my fellow bucs, I second you sundowns are doing incredible job. I wish my beloved Bucs team can also do the same.
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mbotshane Joined: 26 Nov 2010
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mbotshane Jul 02, 2017 05:36 PM
I don't see the point of commenting on Sundowns signings because the person responsible for signings and releasing of players at Sundowns is doing a fantastic job there..Its unlike at my team(Bucs) where our scout Is obsessed about signing Left Backs from Chippa and Free State Stars.I'm waiting for a topic that says 'Where is Sundowns is getting it Right'..Well done to the Sundowns Scouts/Technical team.
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ntsako101 Joined: 15 Jun 2017
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ntsako101 Jul 02, 2017 05:27 PM
Must sign cotzee
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fisto vs starless trophyless donkeys Joined: 16 May 2017
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fisto vs starless trophyless donkeys Jul 02, 2017 03:32 PM
Onyango is the best or no one
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Engcobo 5050 Joined: 09 May 2017
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Engcobo 5050 Jul 02, 2017 03:03 PM
we must sign all two defenders
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mlingo mk Joined: 02 Jul 2017
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mlingo mk Jul 02, 2017 02:48 PM
onyango
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PONSAH Joined: 12 Feb 2017
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PONSAH Jul 02, 2017 02:32 PM
I will chose Brian Onyango , because he got all the ingredients for a good defender , his physique tall and strong, good in aerial battle, his aggression is also good in winning back the possession of the balls and offensively he is capable of scoring goals, REVALDO is a good player though but , hay there is no comparison to BRIAN , his height is not good for a defender , physically he is not strong , he is very hesitant in tattling for the ball, he is comfortable on the ball, also good in controlling and passing of the ball so for me if I was a coach I would change his role and deploy him as defensive midfielder role
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slivo ledimo Jul 02, 2017 01:35 PM
Bucs need to get 1 from those 2
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shayadawana Jul 02, 2017 01:32 PM
We dont need defender we are covered at the back Banglay,Madisha,Ntethe,Arendse ,Ngcongca,Zwane Mbekile,Nascimento ,Langerman ,Mashaba and also Morena they even form starting Xi
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sollymongs Jul 02, 2017 01:28 PM
I would go for Brian Onyango, he good game reader and he's not soft. Coetzee, am not convinced with him. He's just overrated
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Bridgertte Layun Jul 02, 2017 01:27 PM
@Tabali,,,ja he looks a bit shaky at times,unfortunately due to some personal commitments i didn't get the chance to watch yesterday's match but my dad told me that he did fairly well,,,let's hope he'll built on that
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Tabali Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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Tabali Jul 02, 2017 01:21 PM
Do we need another Defender? Lets promote boys from Multi Choice Diski.
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fire fox Joined: 29 Jun 2017
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fire fox Jul 02, 2017 01:20 PM
Sundowns fans are arrogant
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fire fox Joined: 29 Jun 2017
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fire fox Jul 02, 2017 01:16 PM
When pitso want to sign revaldo or onyango he will sign despite wat fans says...so plz editor bring news not des nonsense
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Nenga Mqanduli Jul 02, 2017 01:15 PM
Coetzee
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Tabali Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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Tabali Jul 02, 2017 01:11 PM
O m also fine member but deep down i m worried everytime i see Anele Ngcongca in our starting line-up. What is the problem of him @Sundowns?

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