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'Coetzee Is Too Short For A Centre Back'

The Olympics are fast approaching. Amaglug-glug have a tough task in front of them, including a daunting battle against Brazil. One of our supporters thinks set-piece defending will be our biggest downfall, and that it may be due to the size of our boys.

Jerseynumber8 is one of our online supporters who has consistently provided us with some great opinions. Today, he discusses where we may fall short at the Olympics...

"At 1.79m, Rivaldo Coetzee is too short for a centre back. Coetzee's career trajectory is as a defensive midfielder. Internationally, there exists a football trend of fielding a defensive trio of 1.85m+ centre backs and a defensive midfielder, stationed in front of a 1.90m+ goalkeeper. By international standards, SA stands short in this regard, an Achilles heel; we concede too many goals from set-pieces. I am afraid, we are going to get hammered by Brazil and Denmark. Like the World Cup, preparing an Olympic team is a four-year project."

There is no doubt the talent in the team is there; the question is: Do the boys have the height to clear dangerous set-pieces?

Do you think this could be a big weak point for Amaglug-glug at the Games in Rio?


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