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AFC Bournemouth: Goal will give Tokelo added confidence says Tindall
CHERRIES assistant boss Jason Tindall believes Tokelo Rantie’s goalscoring exploits on international duty will give the striker added confidence.
Rantie, Cherries’ record signing, opened the scoring for South Africa with a finely-taken effort during their 1-1 draw against Morocco in a friendly in Agadir on Friday.
The 23-year-old netted with a composed left-foot finish from around 12 yards after outstripping the Moroccan defence with an electrifying run from near the halfway line.
Rantie’s ninth-minute goal was his fourth for Bafana Bafana, the frontman winning his 15th cap against Morocco, his tally comprising 11 starts and four appearances from the bench.
Since joining Cherries in August, Rantie has played five times in the Championship but has yet to score in four starts and one substitute appearance, having seen an effort against Blackburn disallowed for offside.
Tindall told the Daily Echo: “We all know goals breed confidence for strikers. It was great for Tokelo to go away with South Africa and get a goal. What a great goal it was as well and it typified him. He showed a great turn of speed to outpace the backline and it was a really good finish.
“Hopefully, that will give him a lift and confidence. He is yet to get off the mark for us but we are sure his first goal isn’t too far away.
“He has been a little unfortunate in two games because he has ended up playing up front on his own for long periods due to fact we had 10 men and that hasn’t helped him.
“But in the games he has played, he has been excellent and has contributed to some excellent performances.”
Rantie returned to England on Saturday and will today resume training with Cherries in preparation for the trip to Nottingham Forest.
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