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Andrew Rabutla: Tokelo Rantie could be the new Benni McCarthy at the Africa Cup of Nations

Posted: 17 January 2013 Time: 08:30

Most fans are concerned about a lack of goals, but Andrew ‘Jaws of Life’ Rabutla believes Bafana Bafana’s problem is at the back.

Bafana’s Africa Cup of Nations journey begins on Saturday against Cape Verde, and public support is up and down considering the team’s pre-tournament performances.

Rabutla was part of the Bafana squad that came second at the 1998 Africa Cup of Nations under Jomo Sono, with Benni McCarthy joint top-scoring with seven goals, and ‘Jaws of Life’ recalls how that squad went to the tournament with very little public support.

“Remember, that squad was criticised a lot because Jomo left the likes of Doctor Khumalo out of his squad but he motivated us and made us believe in ourselves,” Rabutla tells

“He told us to go out there and prove the critics wrong. Our current squad needs motivation from Gordon Igesund because they need to go to the tournament physically and mentally fit.”

Rabutla says he believes the current crop of players “lack hunger”, and is concerned about the strength of the defence – but he says if a player like Tokelo Rantie plays his cards right, he could become the new McCarthy at the tournament.

“Our Bafana team can play, but my problem is at the back. Our defenders have no confidence and they seem too soft.

“Up front also, I believe that if we can get a goal in the first 10 minutes against Cape Verde then players will get their confidence back and we will see more goals.”

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 08:34 am
Well said
Gucci Man
posted: 08:35 am
Rabutla: Ooohh please , are you telling us that Tukelo Rantie will have big Belly and ,big Boobs and big Bums ?
This is not good for South African football, we cannot have another ''Tripple B'' in our camp
posted: 08:39 am
One on one a good striker will always likely beat a defender so for that l think the problem is only protection (cover) the get from the middlefield, especially KG who is slow to give cover. Against Algeria l saw too many shots from range, which l believe good strikers would have gotten something.
posted: 08:43 am
@Gucci Man

You are offside Khosi. Jaws is patriotic and this comes from a man who reached the finals of the 98 Afcon and mind you he was not a passenger. so in short he knows what he is talking about.he was not soft during his playing days and he made strikers suffer for their goals

Khula man, nx!

since 1937
posted: 08:44 am
Hey Jaws ,Jomo like you ,he even took to World Cup when he was care-taker coach and you made lot mistakes that cost games. You and Arendse cost us game against Spain
Mgugudi: The Treble Addict
posted: 08:46 am
Rabutla, them Kaizer Idiots (Ryan Cooper's words) will insult you for not saying Majoro or Parker would be the next BBM17.

Personally, I see both Majolo & Phaka leading the charts come the conclusion of the AFCON tournament. Currently, the nation's hero, Nyawana leads the charts with his WC goal as it still counts today hence he is in Gordon's 11. Leading goal scorers standings currently:

1. Nyawana : 3 (2010 WC goal has a value of 3)
2. The rest.... but the Kaizer Idiots strikers will close the gap soon.
Dooba [Glory Deferred]
posted: 08:48 am
The worst defender to ever play for the national team, after Ricardo katza!
posted: 08:48 am
This man ended a lot of players careers. He must just shut up. He disrespected the honorable Kaizer Motaung. Ubeyinkomo and didnt even deserve to be in the Bafana squad, he was favoured by his father "Jomo Sono"
posted: 08:48 am
well said mr Rabutla atleast u are talking from expereince but i doubt that this mampara mlungu Igasende will play Rantie
Dooba [Glory Deferred]
posted: 08:49 am
Jomo first smuggled this mooo in the national team, then Pitso human trafficked katza to the national team.
posted: 08:51 am
no comment
posted: 08:53 am
We are just happy you are no longer playing otherwise Rantie would be in pieces as we speak I think you contrbuted in the fact that we no longer have good strikers right now coz you scared and broken a few that could be playing right now. Good ones turned into defenders coz they didn't want face you so shut up
posted: 08:54 am
Andrew ‘Jaws of Life’ Rabutla you have seen exactly what I've seen all along in those Chiefs strikers. They are good for nothing. The country's hopes to score goals all lie on Tokelo Rantie and Parcow can play on the left wing in Nyawana's place. Come the second half of the season, they will go through another dry spell just like last year when Parcow scored only 1 goal in all competitions
Gucci Man
posted: 08:55 am
posted: 08:43 am | Report
@Gucci Man

You are offside Khosi. Jaws is patriotic and this comes from a man who reached the finals of the 98 Afcon and mind you he was not a passenger. so in short he knows what he is talking about.he was not soft during his playing days and he made strikers suffer for their goals

Khula man, nx!
since 1937
The truth this guy was a COW without horns and a long tail , he was only selected because of his dad(Jomo Sono) .When he took over the reign of our national team, he brought all his cows to our national team. Same scenario is Lerato Chabangu.....that guy doesn't deserve to be in our national team. However we'll always support him 100% becuase he plays for our national team.

Andrew Rabutla was a COW and he nearly break David Beckham''s leg in a friendly match .
There was nothing significant about this guy....period !
posted: 08:56 am
Majoro will be the best striker of the tournament.
Dooba [Glory Deferred]
posted: 08:56 am
I hate that day Jomo was smuggled to the national team, because that was the period when SA soccer started going down. You cannot leave a person like 16v and expect to carry all the hopes... this was a personal vendata again 16v, and the nation's pride was then ruined...we still suffer the consequences of that decision, and people are blaming innocent bystanders like GI for the mess jomo and safa caused!
GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 08:56 am
When I hear this name "Tokelo"....I just think about the Colonel and his R700 065 (in coins) that he wanted to use for his transfer...

And the infamous "Föerhsuåg" (Voetsek) that was uttered by the Swedes..........
posted: 08:57 am
How many caps does Rabutla have? He has never played in the afcon cup to be makin such comments. Ha re batle bo sisi month bo achu. Go to hell
posted: 08:57 am
Warra wa lwala rantie
posted: 08:58 am
when he hear the word Jaws, u know isqathulo sivulelwe, Shabba would be sitting on a wheelchair if this guy was stil playing because Jaws would have easily kicked his right leg.

Jaws is a silver medalist in the AFCON, he played the finals and he added value, he came 2nd.

Jaws u should have said Majoro or Pakkar could be our new BBM17.

Hate him or love, u can him names but his name will be there when success is spoken about, his name is Bennie McCarthy BBM, I am proud of this player, the most successful player in SA. He is counted amongst the best in Africa.
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