Ntseki considers Rantie's SA future

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Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki has opened up about Tokelo Rantie's chances of returning to the national team.

Rantie and SAFA are believed to be not on good terms after the talented striker failed to report to the Bafana Bafana camp in 2016 ahead of a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Burkina Faso, during Shakes Mashaba's tenure.

This subsequently led to SAFA releasing a statement which revealed the player would be expelled from the national team setup at the time.

The player did it again in 2017 when Stuart Baxter was in charge, when he snubbed a call-up for an important game against Senegal.

After two years without football, the 29-year-old is now trying to resurrect his football career with Mamelodi Sundowns, where he is yet to kick a ball in a competitive match.

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Ntseki says he will follow all the right procedures before he makes a decision on whether he selects the player.

"I think everybody, every South African player if he does well for his club deserves an opportunity to be selected for Bafana Bafana," Ntseki tells KickOff.com.

"But in saying that, some of them left Bafana Bafana or they were not selected because of other reasons that are outside the game of football. So if ever those challenges that led to the player not being selected can be addressed... because I do feel that if ever there are challenges, every player needs help.

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"If it's a social issue we have to get the professional help that is needed for that player, because we can't keep on throwing away everybody because of social challenges that a player might be exposed to. Because as a country if you look at our background, we all need professional help so that we can understand how we conduct ourselves in the profession that we are in. 

"So it is not only about Rantie in terms of the challenges that he had to go through, anything that we feel he needs help with, and he deserves [another chance] to be in the national team. We'll give a player that opportunity." 

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