"Rantie has matured in a painful manner"

Tokelo Rantie’s youth coach Farouk Khan has revealed that the player an emotional text message the player sent after signing for Mamelodi Sundowns earlier this week.

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Rantie has been given another opportunity to resurrect his career by Sundowns after things did not work out at his former club Cape Town City. Off the field issues are said to have derailed his career, but the has promised to get back on track, following a difficult few years which has seen his journey taking a different direction.

Sundowns did not rush to sign the former Bournemouth striker, giving him a chance to train for a few months before making a final decision on him.

Rantie started out at Stars of Africa Football Academy before making a move to Sweden to join Malmo.

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“He was actually ashamed of his actions and what he’s done in the past and wants to make it up to us for having been there for him. It was quite an emotional message, but I’m very happy for him,” Khan tells KickOff.com.

“Pound-for-pound he is the best striker we have in the country, arguably. He has all the attributes of a modern-day striker. He’s quick, which is a prerequisite. He’s dynamic, but he at times needs to work on his finishing. But that’s not just him, that’s every other South African.

“This is a huge opportunity for him, a lifeline. He went to Cape Town, but things did not work out for whatever reason. I always believe God works in wonderous ways. When he closes one door, he is possibly opening up many other doors. It’s basically up to you take the opportunity. TK has matured and he has matured in a painful manner.”

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