AFC Bournemouth: Rantie keen to make impression against boys from Brazil

INTERNATIONAL DUTY: Tokelo Rantie

INTERNATIONAL DUTY: Tokelo Rantie

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CHERRIES star Tokelo Rantie believes pitting his wits against the Samba Boys will benefit him greatly as he continues to find his feet in the Championship.

Striker Rantie will be hoping to feature when South Africa host five-times World Cup winners Brazil in a friendly at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg later today.

Rantie, who joined Cherries from Malmo in August, has netted four goals in 17 appearances for his country, including a stunning individual effort in a 1-1 draw with Morocco in October.

The 23-year-old, whose last cap came in Bafana Bafana’s 1-0 win over Spain in a friendly in November, has been restricted to five starts in the Championship in Cherries’ past 17 games.

He told the Daily Echo: “It is every player’s dream to face such good players and we have been given some great opportunities by the federation in the past few months.

“Games between South Africa and Brazil have always been tight and this going to be another good experience for us. For me as a player, there is so much to be learned.

“You can take so many aspects and so much information from a game like this and try to implement it into your own game. I am looking forward to it and the preparation has been going well so now it is for us to try to upset them.”

Rantie has also given his backing to South Africa head coach Gordon Igesund who came under pressure following their dismal showing in the recent African Championships.

He added: “South Africa had been expected to do well in the tournament, especially as they were hosts. After it, there were a lot of people saying the manager should be sacked.

“I don’t know exactly what is going on but, from the information I have been reading, they have been talking to Carlos Queiroz. He might be the man to replace the national team coach but I don’t think I am in a position to worry about that as I am just a player and need to focus on doing well and representing my country.

“To be honest, he has helped me a lot in terms of settling into the national team. He has always had faith in me.

“I think I have done a good job in the national team. Although I haven’t scored regularly, a lot of people have been saying positive things and those are the things that can build you as a player.

“Also, when I came here, I needed a certain number of caps to be able to get a contract. With the opportunities he gave me, it was easier for me to come to England because I had played against some of the bigger countries and had managed to gain knowledge and learn a few things. That helped me in the Championship.”

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10:42am Wed 5 Mar 14

a real supporter says...

“I think I have done a good job in the national team. Although I haven’t scored regularly, a lot of people have been saying positive things and those are the things that can build you as a player.

Change National for AFCB or Malmo and you have his career to date in a nutshell.
“I think I have done a good job in the national team. Although I haven’t scored regularly, a lot of people have been saying positive things and those are the things that can build you as a player. Change National for AFCB or Malmo and you have his career to date in a nutshell. a real supporter
  • Score: 7

11:58am Wed 5 Mar 14

mark.s says...

Good luck TK
Good luck TK mark.s
  • Score: 3

12:13pm Wed 5 Mar 14

abc100 says...

I would of thought he was more keen to make an impression on Nat1234!!!!!!
I would of thought he was more keen to make an impression on Nat1234!!!!!! abc100
  • Score: 3

1:04pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Rotterdam says...

abc100 wrote:
I would of thought he was more keen to make an impression on Nat1234!!!!!!
I know what sort of impression I'd want to make on Nat1234 if I was TK !

But, honestly, I really do hope the players never actually read the rubbish that is written here.
[quote][p][bold]abc100[/bold] wrote: I would of thought he was more keen to make an impression on Nat1234!!!!!![/p][/quote]I know what sort of impression I'd want to make on Nat1234 if I was TK ! But, honestly, I really do hope the players never actually read the rubbish that is written here. Rotterdam
  • Score: 4

5:40pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Nat1234 says...

Rotterdam wrote:
abc100 wrote:
I would of thought he was more keen to make an impression on Nat1234!!!!!!
I know what sort of impression I'd want to make on Nat1234 if I was TK !

But, honestly, I really do hope the players never actually read the rubbish that is written here.
If somebody has a good knowledge of football you say it's rubbish , need I say more , there is only one thing he can do to shut us knowledgeable people up . SCORE GOALS , and justify his price tag ..
[quote][p][bold]Rotterdam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]abc100[/bold] wrote: I would of thought he was more keen to make an impression on Nat1234!!!!!![/p][/quote]I know what sort of impression I'd want to make on Nat1234 if I was TK ! But, honestly, I really do hope the players never actually read the rubbish that is written here.[/p][/quote]If somebody has a good knowledge of football you say it's rubbish , need I say more , there is only one thing he can do to shut us knowledgeable people up . SCORE GOALS , and justify his price tag .. Nat1234
  • Score: -7

7:19pm Wed 5 Mar 14

abc100 says...

Nat1234 wrote:
Rotterdam wrote:
abc100 wrote:
I would of thought he was more keen to make an impression on Nat1234!!!!!!
I know what sort of impression I'd want to make on Nat1234 if I was TK !

But, honestly, I really do hope the players never actually read the rubbish that is written here.
If somebody has a good knowledge of football you say it's rubbish , need I say more , there is only one thing he can do to shut us knowledgeable people up . SCORE GOALS , and justify his price tag ..
Plenty agree with you Nat, they just don't slate our players as vocally as you do, calling him rubbish, useless a waste of space are a few that spring to mind, who says you have a good knowledge of football, I think that US knowledgable fans of Afcb can work it out that yes he has had a difficult start but we can also see that he has some good potential and will probably come good, plenty of good players have had difficult starts at clubs and come good with a bit of time, in the same way that some start brilliantly and fizzle out, now that's knowledge !!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rotterdam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]abc100[/bold] wrote: I would of thought he was more keen to make an impression on Nat1234!!!!!![/p][/quote]I know what sort of impression I'd want to make on Nat1234 if I was TK ! But, honestly, I really do hope the players never actually read the rubbish that is written here.[/p][/quote]If somebody has a good knowledge of football you say it's rubbish , need I say more , there is only one thing he can do to shut us knowledgeable people up . SCORE GOALS , and justify his price tag ..[/p][/quote]Plenty agree with you Nat, they just don't slate our players as vocally as you do, calling him rubbish, useless a waste of space are a few that spring to mind, who says you have a good knowledge of football, I think that US knowledgable fans of Afcb can work it out that yes he has had a difficult start but we can also see that he has some good potential and will probably come good, plenty of good players have had difficult starts at clubs and come good with a bit of time, in the same way that some start brilliantly and fizzle out, now that's knowledge !!!!!! abc100
  • Score: 4

8:04pm Wed 5 Mar 14

West moors 1 says...

Hopefully the boys from Brasil will teach him how to control the ball with his first touch!!
Hopefully the boys from Brasil will teach him how to control the ball with his first touch!! West moors 1
  • Score: -4

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