AFC Bournemouth: Rantie's signing a great boost for South Africa national team says coach (From Bournemouth Echo)
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AFC Bournemouth: Tokelo Rantie's signing a great boost for South Africa national team says coach
SOUTH Africa coach Gordon Igesund believes Tokelo Rantie’s signing by Cherries will be a “great boost” for the national team.
Striker Rantie yesterday put the finishing touches to his move to Dean Court after Cherries had thrashed out a club record deal with Swedish outfit Malmo.
Rantie has by capped 12 times by Bafana Bafana and has been named in their squad for a World Cup qualifier against Botswana in Durban a week on Saturday.
In an interview with the official South African FA website, Igesund said: “It is good for him, for Bafana and it is a major boost for the country and our aspirations of competing with the best.
“I get very excited when players make such wise career moves. He is moving to a bigger stage and this will be a great boost for Bafana.
“Such a move will definitely add value to the entire national team. I want to take this opportunity to personally congratulate him.”
Rantie’s move is subject to the 22-year-old receiving international clearance and a work permit – hurdles which are in no way formalities for Cherries to overcome.
A directive on the FA website states a player “must have participated in at least 75 per cent of his home country’s senior competitive international matches where he was available for selection during the two years preceding the date of the application and the player’s national Association must be at or above 70th place in the official FIFA World Rankings when averaged over the two years preceding the date of the application.”
The criteria for senior competitive matches includes World Cup qualifiers, African Cup of Nations ties and qualifiers but not friendlies. South Africa are currently 67th in the FIFA World Rankings.
Rantie has been involved in South Africa’s past six competitive internationals – World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia, Central African Republic (twice) and African Cup of Nations matches against Mali, Morocco and Angola. His other six caps all came in friendlies.
Should Cherries’ application for a work permit fail, they would be entitled to request an appeal hearing when a panel would assess Rantie’s case.
- Cherries winger Ryan Fraser has been named in the Scotland squad for their European Under-21 Championship qualifier against Holland in Nijmegen a week today.
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