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Injury rules out South Africa's Rivaldo Coetzee of the 2015 African Cup of Nations

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Rivaldo Coetzee (foreground) has been ruled out of the 2015 Afcon due to injury

Bata (Equatorial Guinea) Jan 22 (IANS) South Africa head coach Shakes Mashaba has confirmed that defender Rivaldo Coetzee will miss the remainder of the ongoing 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

Mashaba revealed on Wednesday night that the defender had sustained an injury to his knee during their 3-1 loss to Algeria in a Group C match played at the Ebebiyin Stadium, reports Xinhua.

"The young man is in big pain and the medical team are handling it. I have ruled the young man out unless a miracle happens," said the veteran coach.

Mashaba said in the absence of the 18-year-old, who is playing his maiden Afcon, Erick Mathoho will be the replacement.

Bafana Bafana, who won the Afcon title in 1996 when they hosted the tournament, need to recover and beat Senegal on Friday if they hope to improve their chances of qualification for the knock-out stages.

Senegal are second in Group C after edging Ghana 2-1 in their opening match.

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