Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has given an indication as to when he will give new signing Tokelo Rantie a chance to play, and believes the player still has a big role to play in the senior national team.
Rantie is available to play for Sundowns after he was signed on a three-year contract, but Mosimane has stressed the importance of not putting the former Orlando Pirates forward under pressure.
The 55-year-old coach says it would be more suitable to bring the player on when Sundowns have a comfortable lead and he won’t be under too much pressure to deliver immediately.
"Let’s not put pressure on Tokelo. He has not played football for two years. Don’t you think we should give him a chance when it’s 3-0 or something? Unless you want to put him under fire and then you say 'ah he is not good'," Mosimane said.
"We might need him for Bafana because we need another two or three [strikers]. Kermit [Erasmus] is coming up, Lebo [Mothiba] is in France, Percy [Tau] is there. Let Tokelo come up slowly and get a few friendly games during the FIFA break and let him play."
Sundowns take on Maritzburg United in the Absa Premiership at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday (18h00).