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AFC Bournemouth: South Africa team-mate tips Tokelo Rantie to star for Cherries
RECORD signing Tokelo Rantie is being tipped to “add another dimension” for Cherries - and to become a “real danger” to their Championship rivals.
The prediction comes from Rantie's South African team-mate Dean Furman, who currently plies his trade in England with Doncaster Rovers.
Furman and Rantie, two of their country's emerging talents, could both feature in Bafana Bafana's World Cup qualifier against Botswana in Durban tomorrow.
Midfielder Furman and striker Rantie have been involved in South Africa's past six competitive internationals and both started last month's friendly defeat against Nigeria.
Cape Town-born Furman, who started his career in England in the Chelsea youth ranks before moving to Rangers, joined Doncaster in March after almost four years with Oldham.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Echo, the 25-year-old, who made his debut for South Africa against Brazil just 12 months ago, said: “Tokelo is an exciting young player who is always looking to make things happen. He is a danger to other teams.
“He is very quick, he will always look to get the ball, turn and run at defenders. With his pace, he is someone you would always want in your team. He stretches teams down the outside and I am really looking forward to seeing how he does in England.
“It will be tough for him because it is a tough league. It is hard to make comparisons with where he has come from to the Championship.
“He has done really well at international level and he had a very good African Cup of Nations campaign. When he went off with an injury in the quarter-final against Mali, it was where the game turned because he had caused them so many problems. He is going to be a tricky player to deal with.”
Furman, who played three times alongside Rantie in the African Cup of Nations earlier this year, added: “I had been following the news for a while and it is great to see he has signed for Bournemouth. There were a lot of other clubs interested and I think he will prove to be a great signing.
“He is only going to improve. It might take him a bit of time, as many players find when they come over here. But I know he is up for the challenge. I spoke with him at the last camp when there was a possibility it might happen and he was really looking forward if it came off.
“He is very level headed and seems like the type of boy who won't be overly-affected by the transfer fee that has been put on his shoulders. Like any other player, he just wants to come and play football and not worry about what is going on in the boardroom.
“He will be looking to make an impact straight away. Bournemouth played well against us and are very organised. They have a good style of football and I think he will add another dimension to that and be a big player for them. The signs are good for Bournemouth and for South African football.”
- Cherries star Ryan Fraser started for Scotland yesterday in their 4-0 defeat by Holland in a European Under-21 Championship qualifier.
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