Free agent Rantie's career in limbo


Former Bafana Bafana forward Tokelo Rantie should be thriving in Europe instead of finding himself in limbo with his career in doubt.

This is the view of Victor Jose Matine, who was an assistant coach when Rantie started out his career at Clube Ferroviario de Beira in Mozambique back in 2010.

Rantie would go on to play for Clube de Desportos do Maxaquene, Orlando Pirates, IFK Hassleholm and Malmo FF in Sweden.

Before the 30-year-old then secured a high-profile move to English club Bournemouth.

It was followed by a stint with Turkish outfit Genclerbirligi Ankara.

Since returning to South Africa at the beginning of 2018, his career has taken a downward trend that has seen him amass just around 350 minutes of football - all at Marumo Gallants last season. 

"I am surprised that he is now without a club now," Matine tells KickOff.

"How can a player like him not be able to get a club in South Africa when he was good enough to play in one of the best leagues in the world in England. 

"If it is about football, then he should be having teams fighting for him because he is good, intelligent and shrewd. 

"I find it rather strange that he can't even find a club in the second division in South Africa. 

"Does this mean no one needs him? He is a player for the PSL and should even be still scoring goals in Europe instead of wondering where his next contract will come from.

Matine went on to add that it is surprising to hear of Rantie's reported off-field problems.

"I don't know what is happening with him now, but he was a fantastic player here in Beira with no problems regarding his social life. 

"He made a lot of friends here in Mozambique because he was a simple person who was always happy. 

"He was a guy who respected everyone, especially the older people at the club. There was never a day when he gave us problems be it a coach or any official at the club. 

"It is surprising to now hear that to hear now been things happening with him off the field. His age is acceptable for him to still be playing. He was a fantastic player for us here. I have also taken an interest because he was once with us here. 

"I saw him when he moved to England. Tokelo was one of the strikers who was very fast when he was here with us and scored the two goals in the last game of the season which saved us from relegation. 

"We won that game 2-0 and he scored both goals. He is very fast, intelligent, tactically and technically adept as well," Matine added.

"He was a hero in Beira after scoring those goals against Textafrica do Chimoio. He remains a hero here up to now. Many people were not happy when he left for Maxaquene because he was the best that we had here at the time."

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