AFC Bournemouth: Rantie relishing clash with countryman Khumalo

RARING TO GO: Tokelo Rantie

RARING TO GO: Tokelo Rantie

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CHERRIES star Tokelo Rantie is desperate to emerge victorious should he be pitted into a personal duel with fellow countryman and close friend Bongani Khumalo.

Striker Rantie will be hoping to keep his place when Cherries host Championship rivals Doncaster tomorrow and go toe to toe with Rovers’ South African defender Khumalo.

The pair, together with Rovers midfielder Dean Furman, will fly to Johannesburg following the clash to start preparing for Bafana Bafana’s friendly against Brazil on Wednesday.

Rantie, who has started three of Cherries’ past four games, told the Daily Echo: “I think it is going to be a great occasion for all of us, taking into consideration we represent the same national team.

“It is going to be good to see which team will be victorious. I am looking forward to it and, hopefully, I will cause them problems if I am given the chance to play.

“I know Bongani’s strong points and I know his weaknesses so I will be looking to capitalise on them. I have watched him many times in the national team and when he played for SuperSport in South Africa so I know quite a bit about him.

“I know Dean is a hard worker. He is not as pacey as me and I hope both of them have a hard time. It is a very important game for us. We can’t afford any slip-ups and need to make sure we collect maximum points.”

Rantie, who came off the bench to net Cherries’ winner against Huddersfield last month before also scoring in the 1-1 draw with Burnley, took advice from Furman ahead of moving to England from Malmo in August.

The 23-year-old added: “Dean told me English football and the Championship was physical and about the tempo of the game and I am experiencing both at the moment. It is quite physical and the tempo is at the higher level.

“For someone like me to come here, it was a good thing because I have learned so much from this type of football. I am maturing as a player and I am around people who are willing to help me so these are the most important things.

“It has been quite a good journey so far and I am happy with my progress. I am happy with the way I have been treated and with the opportunities I have been given. It is down to me now to make sure I repay all the faith that has been put in me.”

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11:06pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Slem1990 says...

Right. So I am interested in an answer to this wee issue. How come Andrew Surman doesn´t play for South Africa. He was born in Jo´burg and hasn´t got a full cap for England or anyone else. Anyone got an answer, please? Thanks
Right. So I am interested in an answer to this wee issue. How come Andrew Surman doesn´t play for South Africa. He was born in Jo´burg and hasn´t got a full cap for England or anyone else. Anyone got an answer, please? Thanks Slem1990
  • Score: 1

11:57pm Fri 28 Feb 14

mossy 1 says...

But did he score against Burnley?I was`nt convinced at the the time and I`m even more convinced that after watching numerous replays that he did`nt get the final touch,even Solent mentioned this in last weekends football broadcast.
But did he score against Burnley?I was`nt convinced at the the time and I`m even more convinced that after watching numerous replays that he did`nt get the final touch,even Solent mentioned this in last weekends football broadcast. mossy 1
  • Score: -4

11:57pm Fri 28 Feb 14

ASM says...

I thought he was brilliant against Bolton and was being marked by two players. Grabban and Pugh should have passed to him when he got himself in a brilliant position, understandably Grabbs went at it alone, but Pugh attempted to play grabban through who was being marked by 2 on the other side of the pitch when he could have just layed it on to rantie who would have left his man for dead with his pace. Rantie might not have scored enough goals but he causes real panic in the opposition defence, he links up well with the wingers and will get on the end of through balls.
NAT PLEASE BE QUIET AND FIND A DIFFERENT OBSESSION YOUR
I thought he was brilliant against Bolton and was being marked by two players. Grabban and Pugh should have passed to him when he got himself in a brilliant position, understandably Grabbs went at it alone, but Pugh attempted to play grabban through who was being marked by 2 on the other side of the pitch when he could have just layed it on to rantie who would have left his man for dead with his pace. Rantie might not have scored enough goals but he causes real panic in the opposition defence, he links up well with the wingers and will get on the end of through balls. NAT PLEASE BE QUIET AND FIND A DIFFERENT OBSESSION YOUR ASM
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12:00am Sat 1 Mar 14

ASM says...

............getting boring
............getting boring ASM
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12:59am Sat 1 Mar 14

stjxf12 says...

All the very best TK please ignore the usual moaning morons on here who know diddly squat you know who you are !!!! UTCIAD oh and btb all the best for tomorrow
All the very best TK please ignore the usual moaning morons on here who know diddly squat you know who you are !!!! UTCIAD oh and btb all the best for tomorrow stjxf12
  • Score: 1

3:30am Sat 1 Mar 14

Rotterdam says...

mossy 1 wrote:
But did he score against Burnley?I was`nt convinced at the the time and I`m even more convinced that after watching numerous replays that he did`nt get the final touch,even Solent mentioned this in last weekends football broadcast.
So if TK didn't score it, who did ? And why didn't they celebrate ? Unless it was a defender, in which the striker will be credited as long as the ball was going in the net anyway.
[quote][p][bold]mossy 1[/bold] wrote: But did he score against Burnley?I was`nt convinced at the the time and I`m even more convinced that after watching numerous replays that he did`nt get the final touch,even Solent mentioned this in last weekends football broadcast.[/p][/quote]So if TK didn't score it, who did ? And why didn't they celebrate ? Unless it was a defender, in which the striker will be credited as long as the ball was going in the net anyway. Rotterdam
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7:59am Sat 1 Mar 14

nonnogeppetto says...

Just looked up the BBC match preview online and they state "Sky Bet Championship

Venue: Keepmoat Stadium
Date: Saturday 1 March
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT"

I am in Germany at the moment but have we moved ground!!!

Good luck today will be keeping an eye on the score. Come on you mighty Cherries
Just looked up the BBC match preview online and they state "Sky Bet Championship Venue: Keepmoat Stadium Date: Saturday 1 March Kick-off: 15:00 GMT" I am in Germany at the moment but have we moved ground!!! Good luck today will be keeping an eye on the score. Come on you mighty Cherries nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 0

8:07am Sat 1 Mar 14

ijwill says...

Slem1990 wrote:
Right. So I am interested in an answer to this wee issue. How come Andrew Surman doesn´t play for South Africa. He was born in Jo´burg and hasn´t got a full cap for England or anyone else. Anyone got an answer, please? Thanks
Because he chose not to, despite being approached by the SA FA.

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Hope this helps.
[quote][p][bold]Slem1990[/bold] wrote: Right. So I am interested in an answer to this wee issue. How come Andrew Surman doesn´t play for South Africa. He was born in Jo´burg and hasn´t got a full cap for England or anyone else. Anyone got an answer, please? Thanks[/p][/quote]Because he chose not to, despite being approached by the SA FA. http://www.kickoff.c om/news/31289/bafana -bafana-coach-gordon -igesund-says-he-gav e-up-on-andrew-surma n- Hope this helps. ijwill
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8:10am Sat 1 Mar 14

Cherryfan says...

Slem1990 wrote:
Right. So I am interested in an answer to this wee issue. How come Andrew Surman doesn´t play for South Africa. He was born in Jo´burg and hasn´t got a full cap for England or anyone else. Anyone got an answer, please? Thanks
Because he isn't good enough!
[quote][p][bold]Slem1990[/bold] wrote: Right. So I am interested in an answer to this wee issue. How come Andrew Surman doesn´t play for South Africa. He was born in Jo´burg and hasn´t got a full cap for England or anyone else. Anyone got an answer, please? Thanks[/p][/quote]Because he isn't good enough! Cherryfan
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8:30am Sat 1 Mar 14

Nat1234 says...

ASM wrote:
I thought he was brilliant against Bolton and was being marked by two players. Grabban and Pugh should have passed to him when he got himself in a brilliant position, understandably Grabbs went at it alone, but Pugh attempted to play grabban through who was being marked by 2 on the other side of the pitch when he could have just layed it on to rantie who would have left his man for dead with his pace. Rantie might not have scored enough goals but he causes real panic in the opposition defence, he links up well with the wingers and will get on the end of through balls.
NAT PLEASE BE QUIET AND FIND A DIFFERENT OBSESSION YOUR
Not saying anything . I will wait and let rantie do all the talking for me . I just hope he can turn the corner today and shut me up . Believe it or not all I care about is winning .. And if he gets the winning goal , then so be it ... I must just say tho I'm allowed to have an opinion ,
[quote][p][bold]ASM[/bold] wrote: I thought he was brilliant against Bolton and was being marked by two players. Grabban and Pugh should have passed to him when he got himself in a brilliant position, understandably Grabbs went at it alone, but Pugh attempted to play grabban through who was being marked by 2 on the other side of the pitch when he could have just layed it on to rantie who would have left his man for dead with his pace. Rantie might not have scored enough goals but he causes real panic in the opposition defence, he links up well with the wingers and will get on the end of through balls. NAT PLEASE BE QUIET AND FIND A DIFFERENT OBSESSION YOUR[/p][/quote]Not saying anything . I will wait and let rantie do all the talking for me . I just hope he can turn the corner today and shut me up . Believe it or not all I care about is winning .. And if he gets the winning goal , then so be it ... I must just say tho I'm allowed to have an opinion , Nat1234
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8:34am Sat 1 Mar 14

nothingtofear says...

Slem1990 wrote:
Right. So I am interested in an answer to this wee issue. How come Andrew Surman doesn´t play for South Africa. He was born in Jo´burg and hasn´t got a full cap for England or anyone else. Anyone got an answer, please? Thanks
Surman has played in U21 qualifiers for England so that is enough to prevent him from playing for any other country.
[quote][p][bold]Slem1990[/bold] wrote: Right. So I am interested in an answer to this wee issue. How come Andrew Surman doesn´t play for South Africa. He was born in Jo´burg and hasn´t got a full cap for England or anyone else. Anyone got an answer, please? Thanks[/p][/quote]Surman has played in U21 qualifiers for England so that is enough to prevent him from playing for any other country. nothingtofear
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9:37am Sat 1 Mar 14

Afcbives says...

Because surman never wanted to play for South Africa
Because surman never wanted to play for South Africa Afcbives
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10:24am Sat 1 Mar 14

devon fan says...

Tokelo seem to have the right attitude and it may take a full close seasons training toi bring him to the mark, but Eddie must stop trying to justify the money he paid for him and play his best team, whatever people say Pitman is our only natural scorer, and I am concerned that he is now being frozen out like a number of players before him
Tokelo seem to have the right attitude and it may take a full close seasons training toi bring him to the mark, but Eddie must stop trying to justify the money he paid for him and play his best team, whatever people say Pitman is our only natural scorer, and I am concerned that he is now being frozen out like a number of players before him devon fan
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10:30am Sat 1 Mar 14

bobsworthforever says...

nonnogeppetto wrote:
Just looked up the BBC match preview online and they state "Sky Bet Championship

Venue: Keepmoat Stadium
Date: Saturday 1 March
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT"

I am in Germany at the moment but have we moved ground!!!

Good luck today will be keeping an eye on the score. Come on you mighty Cherries
And another thing on Meridian last night Andrew Pate spent so long wittering on he forgot to mention we were even playing today.Mentioned every other League team except Cherries. Hopeless
[quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: Just looked up the BBC match preview online and they state "Sky Bet Championship Venue: Keepmoat Stadium Date: Saturday 1 March Kick-off: 15:00 GMT" I am in Germany at the moment but have we moved ground!!! Good luck today will be keeping an eye on the score. Come on you mighty Cherries[/p][/quote]And another thing on Meridian last night Andrew Pate spent so long wittering on he forgot to mention we were even playing today.Mentioned every other League team except Cherries. Hopeless bobsworthforever
  • Score: 0

10:48am Sat 1 Mar 14

nonnogeppetto says...

bobsworthforever wrote:
nonnogeppetto wrote:
Just looked up the BBC match preview online and they state "Sky Bet Championship

Venue: Keepmoat Stadium
Date: Saturday 1 March
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT"

I am in Germany at the moment but have we moved ground!!!

Good luck today will be keeping an eye on the score. Come on you mighty Cherries
And another thing on Meridian last night Andrew Pate spent so long wittering on he forgot to mention we were even playing today.Mentioned every other League team except Cherries. Hopeless
The mass media has given up on us but we the supporters know different and any achievement will be on hard graft and merit no thanks to any support elsewhere. They will mention us if we lose so lets hope they have nothing to say about our win today!! UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]bobsworthforever[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: Just looked up the BBC match preview online and they state "Sky Bet Championship Venue: Keepmoat Stadium Date: Saturday 1 March Kick-off: 15:00 GMT" I am in Germany at the moment but have we moved ground!!! Good luck today will be keeping an eye on the score. Come on you mighty Cherries[/p][/quote]And another thing on Meridian last night Andrew Pate spent so long wittering on he forgot to mention we were even playing today.Mentioned every other League team except Cherries. Hopeless[/p][/quote]The mass media has given up on us but we the supporters know different and any achievement will be on hard graft and merit no thanks to any support elsewhere. They will mention us if we lose so lets hope they have nothing to say about our win today!! UTCIAD nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 0

3:30pm Sat 1 Mar 14

ijwill says...

nothingtofear wrote:
Slem1990 wrote:
Right. So I am interested in an answer to this wee issue. How come Andrew Surman doesn´t play for South Africa. He was born in Jo´burg and hasn´t got a full cap for England or anyone else. Anyone got an answer, please? Thanks
Surman has played in U21 qualifiers for England so that is enough to prevent him from playing for any other country.
Actually not. He never played in an official (ie compitetive) match for Engalns, therefore he is eligible to play for SA. He chose not to.
Hans Vonk of Heerenveen and Ajax played for Holland U-23, and later played for South Africa at the World Cup.
[quote][p][bold]nothingtofear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Slem1990[/bold] wrote: Right. So I am interested in an answer to this wee issue. How come Andrew Surman doesn´t play for South Africa. He was born in Jo´burg and hasn´t got a full cap for England or anyone else. Anyone got an answer, please? Thanks[/p][/quote]Surman has played in U21 qualifiers for England so that is enough to prevent him from playing for any other country.[/p][/quote]Actually not. He never played in an official (ie compitetive) match for Engalns, therefore he is eligible to play for SA. He chose not to. Hans Vonk of Heerenveen and Ajax played for Holland U-23, and later played for South Africa at the World Cup. ijwill
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3:31pm Sat 1 Mar 14

ijwill says...

ijwill wrote:
nothingtofear wrote:
Slem1990 wrote:
Right. So I am interested in an answer to this wee issue. How come Andrew Surman doesn´t play for South Africa. He was born in Jo´burg and hasn´t got a full cap for England or anyone else. Anyone got an answer, please? Thanks
Surman has played in U21 qualifiers for England so that is enough to prevent him from playing for any other country.
Actually not. He never played in an official (ie compitetive) match for Engalns, therefore he is eligible to play for SA. He chose not to.
Hans Vonk of Heerenveen and Ajax played for Holland U-23, and later played for South Africa at the World Cup.
Oh, and Quinton Fortune (Fortuin) played for England Schoolboys, and later played for SA.
[quote][p][bold]ijwill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nothingtofear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Slem1990[/bold] wrote: Right. So I am interested in an answer to this wee issue. How come Andrew Surman doesn´t play for South Africa. He was born in Jo´burg and hasn´t got a full cap for England or anyone else. Anyone got an answer, please? Thanks[/p][/quote]Surman has played in U21 qualifiers for England so that is enough to prevent him from playing for any other country.[/p][/quote]Actually not. He never played in an official (ie compitetive) match for Engalns, therefore he is eligible to play for SA. He chose not to. Hans Vonk of Heerenveen and Ajax played for Holland U-23, and later played for South Africa at the World Cup.[/p][/quote]Oh, and Quinton Fortune (Fortuin) played for England Schoolboys, and later played for SA. ijwill
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7:24am Sun 2 Mar 14

pokesdown1 says...

Glad it wasn`t a nil niller when Rantie came on yesterday.
Glad it wasn`t a nil niller when Rantie came on yesterday. pokesdown1
  • Score: -1

6:52pm Sun 2 Mar 14

nothingtofear says...

ijwill wrote:
ijwill wrote:
nothingtofear wrote:
Slem1990 wrote:
Right. So I am interested in an answer to this wee issue. How come Andrew Surman doesn´t play for South Africa. He was born in Jo´burg and hasn´t got a full cap for England or anyone else. Anyone got an answer, please? Thanks
Surman has played in U21 qualifiers for England so that is enough to prevent him from playing for any other country.
Actually not. He never played in an official (ie compitetive) match for Engalns, therefore he is eligible to play for SA. He chose not to.
Hans Vonk of Heerenveen and Ajax played for Holland U-23, and later played for South Africa at the World Cup.
Oh, and Quinton Fortune (Fortuin) played for England Schoolboys, and later played for SA.
Sorry ijwil but you're wrong. Surman came on as sub v Montenegro in a European Championship U21s qualifier. The Quinton Fortune thing that you mentioned in another post is irrelevant, it doesn't matter which country you play for at schoolboy level, playing competitively at U21 or as a full international is what makes you ineligible to henceforth represent a different country.

As an aside, I've often thought that England should take a more cynical approach in that when they identify a promising young player who may be eligible to play for more than one country, they should give him a run out as a sub (maybe this is what England did with Surman?) for the U21s in a competitive fixture thus preventing him from playing for another country in the future and coming back to haunt England as so many players of somewhat dubious Irish ancestry did in the 80s & 90s.
[quote][p][bold]ijwill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ijwill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nothingtofear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Slem1990[/bold] wrote: Right. So I am interested in an answer to this wee issue. How come Andrew Surman doesn´t play for South Africa. He was born in Jo´burg and hasn´t got a full cap for England or anyone else. Anyone got an answer, please? Thanks[/p][/quote]Surman has played in U21 qualifiers for England so that is enough to prevent him from playing for any other country.[/p][/quote]Actually not. He never played in an official (ie compitetive) match for Engalns, therefore he is eligible to play for SA. He chose not to. Hans Vonk of Heerenveen and Ajax played for Holland U-23, and later played for South Africa at the World Cup.[/p][/quote]Oh, and Quinton Fortune (Fortuin) played for England Schoolboys, and later played for SA.[/p][/quote]Sorry ijwil but you're wrong. Surman came on as sub v Montenegro in a European Championship U21s qualifier. The Quinton Fortune thing that you mentioned in another post is irrelevant, it doesn't matter which country you play for at schoolboy level, playing competitively at U21 or as a full international is what makes you ineligible to henceforth represent a different country. As an aside, I've often thought that England should take a more cynical approach in that when they identify a promising young player who may be eligible to play for more than one country, they should give him a run out as a sub (maybe this is what England did with Surman?) for the U21s in a competitive fixture thus preventing him from playing for another country in the future and coming back to haunt England as so many players of somewhat dubious Irish ancestry did in the 80s & 90s. nothingtofear
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