The Ajax Cape Town defender just needed to complete a medical and secure a work permit to join the Scottish giants Glasgow Celtic after the clubs agreed terms.
Rivaldo Coetzee dream of moving to European football has now became a nightmare.
But in an unfortunate development on Saturday night, the Urban Warriors announced on their website that the 20-year-old had failed the medical and will have to return to the mother City.
The Cape club did express their surprise, as Coetzee has been playing without any problems and he even scored a goal in their league opener against Golden Arrows last weekend.
“Ajax Cape Town can confirm that Rivaldo Coetzee will return to the club from Johannesburg, where the player was undergoing a medical examination ahead of a proposed transfer to Scottish champions Glasgow Celtic,” the club said in a statement released on their website.
“Following a routine medical examination carried out by the Celtic medical department, they discovered an underlying problem with his right foot.
“The clubs were therefore unable to conclude the deal, based on the medical information available. The player will return to Ajax Cape Town for further evaluation.
“The injury has not hampered Coetzee to date, having not missed out on any competitive action either for his club or the national team. Ajax Cape Town can confirm that they were not aware of any condition that would have potentially hampered a transfer to Celtic.”
“While disappointed that the deal could not be completed at this point the club are fully committed to giving the player the care and attention required in order to make a full recovery,” Ajax said.