Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has backed his decision to sign Tokelo Rantie by giving examples of the likes of Lerato Chabangu and Masibusane Zongo, who were given many opportunities.
Rantie has reportedly had personal problems off the pitch but has bounced back by proving to Mosimane that he deserves another shot in the PSL after things did not work out at his previous club Cape Town City.
Sundowns have given him a three-year contract.
“What did I see on Tokelo? I have good memories of him being a powerhouse, him playing to his strength. He’s not a Themba Zwane, he’s not a [Gaston] Sirino. I think you know Tokelo. He is not going to give you the magic that you want, but he’s powerful when he’s fit. He has trained and his condition is okay,” Mosimane said.
“I have good memories of Tokelo playing for Bafana. I have good memories of Tokelo going to Cape Verde and scoring for Bafana. I have good memories of Tokelo going to Nigeria and scoring two goals for Bafana. I have those memories. Whether we are going to get that or not, I don’t know. It’s been two years and he has not kicked a ball.
“But if Lerato Chabangu can get enough chances to play football, Zongo... I mean you can just name them. Why can’t we give Tokelo a chance to play?”
Rantie is available for selection and could make his debut tomorrow night when Sundowns host Tshwane rivals SuperSport United in the MTN8 second leg semifinal. The first leg finished 1-1.