How Downs could line up with Rantie


Mamelodi Sundowns have signed Tokelo Rantie, which means head coach Pitso Mosimane will have more options up front as looks at how things could change in attack.

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Rantie may not walk straight into the starting line-up, but once he is fit to play, the Free State-born forward can no doubt be a nuisance for the opposition defenders, with his speed as a valuable asset to his game.

The former Orlando Pirates striker has shown in the past that he can get goals and he’s no doubt at the right team to do so, with supply coming from players such as Themba Zwane, Lebohang Maboe, Gaston Sirino and Sibusiso Vilakazi.

Unlike Jeremy Brockie who is not as comfortable on the ball or quick off the mark, Rantie has a better chance of settling at Sundowns than the man who has been sent out on loan to Maritzburg United.

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Maboe has often been used as the man up front, but the fact that Rantie is available gives Mosimane the option of having a striker in the team who has the energy to put defenders under pressure. It means Maboe can return to a number 10 role and still make those deadly runs into the box, with creative geniuses Gaston Sirino and Themba Zwane also in attack to link up with Rantie.

Vilakazi is another man who can play as a number 10 in the side, so competition will now he tougher with the addition of a new player.

Rantie has been training with Sundowns for a few months, so he will be comfortable with his teammates and would know how they play due to the many training sessions they've had together.

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