AFC Bournemouth: Rantie taking it a step at a time

Bournemouth Echo: STRIKER: Tokelo Rantie STRIKER: Tokelo Rantie

CHERRIES striker Tokelo Rantie insists he will “take it a step at a time” as he continues to try to settle in England – both on and off the pitch.

Rantie admits he is still coming to terms with the English game and way of life following his big-money move from Swedish club Malmo in August.

The 23-year-old mixes with a small circle of friends which includes team-mates Mohamed Coulibaly and Stephane Zubar, whose proposed move to Bury last year was wrecked by a long-term knee injury.

Rantie, who was raised in the remote town of Parys in the Free State and said the transition had not been easy, spends his downtime cooking, on PlayStation and going to the cinema.

He told the Daily Echo: “I live a simple life so I am not in a position where I feel that I am not enjoying myself because I have people around me and I have friends. The most important thing is that I am focusing on what is good for my life in general.

“I am not an outgoing person or a person who demands a lot of things from everyone else. I prefer to be in a space where there are certain people and I can’t complain about anything right now.

“I just need to get to know more of my team-mates in terms of me trying to go to their places and them coming to mine. Maybe they could help me with other things I haven’t seen. I think I am getting there and I will just take it a step at a time.”

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6:40am Wed 5 Mar 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

FFS! Is the English way of life that different to Sweden? Is Malmo not a bigger place than Bournemouth? - it is I checked pop. 303k v Bmth 183k.
I'm getting a bit bored of the "settling" in stories. I have to work away all the time and you just have to get on with it and produce the goods!

Not particulary having a go at TK and really wish him all the best, but this sort of PR is nothing but irritating!

I wonder how Yann wll fare once he has "settled in"???
FFS! Is the English way of life that different to Sweden? Is Malmo not a bigger place than Bournemouth? - it is I checked pop. 303k v Bmth 183k. I'm getting a bit bored of the "settling" in stories. I have to work away all the time and you just have to get on with it and produce the goods! Not particulary having a go at TK and really wish him all the best, but this sort of PR is nothing but irritating! I wonder how Yann wll fare once he has "settled in"??? TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: -11

7:55am Wed 5 Mar 14

N Smith says...

Doesn't sound like he is settling in very well, hopefully the players will rally around the lad sounds a bit lonely to me.
Doesn't sound like he is settling in very well, hopefully the players will rally around the lad sounds a bit lonely to me. N Smith
  • Score: 11

8:43am Wed 5 Mar 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

N Smith wrote:
Doesn't sound like he is settling in very well, hopefully the players will rally around the lad sounds a bit lonely to me.
I would have to agree and It's a shame.
[quote][p][bold]N Smith[/bold] wrote: Doesn't sound like he is settling in very well, hopefully the players will rally around the lad sounds a bit lonely to me.[/p][/quote]I would have to agree and It's a shame. TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 6

9:24am Wed 5 Mar 14

swanagecherrie says...

Bournemouth population 183k true but poole to Christchurch area which lets face it is one continual built up area is over 400k and afcb still struggle to get 10k fans to watch championship football. Anyone that has worked away from home will know how difficult it can be but that TK is the job you have chosen, So just as you have to work on your game to improve and adapt to English football, you also have to work on your social skills to adapt to the English way of life.
Good luck tonight with your game against Brazil I will be watching it with interest.
Bournemouth population 183k true but poole to Christchurch area which lets face it is one continual built up area is over 400k and afcb still struggle to get 10k fans to watch championship football. Anyone that has worked away from home will know how difficult it can be but that TK is the job you have chosen, So just as you have to work on your game to improve and adapt to English football, you also have to work on your social skills to adapt to the English way of life. Good luck tonight with your game against Brazil I will be watching it with interest. swanagecherrie
  • Score: 5

9:24am Wed 5 Mar 14

Afcbpete says...

He may of settled into Malmo ok, but it seems pretty obvious it's a struggle for him here. The interaction with the other players doesn't seem to be there. It's not much different when he;s playing, it's a struggle for anyone to actually pass to the guy, so he's totally unable to play to his strengths. I'm not too concerned right now, unless TK starts with Yann, I don't see Eddie getting the best out of him until next season, when having had some time off and a pre-season, I would certainly expect to start seeing the TK we all hoped we'd signed. It's a real shame, and it will only give fuel to the so called supporters who keep having a dig at him!!
He may of settled into Malmo ok, but it seems pretty obvious it's a struggle for him here. The interaction with the other players doesn't seem to be there. It's not much different when he;s playing, it's a struggle for anyone to actually pass to the guy, so he's totally unable to play to his strengths. I'm not too concerned right now, unless TK starts with Yann, I don't see Eddie getting the best out of him until next season, when having had some time off and a pre-season, I would certainly expect to start seeing the TK we all hoped we'd signed. It's a real shame, and it will only give fuel to the so called supporters who keep having a dig at him!! Afcbpete
  • Score: 6

10:47am Wed 5 Mar 14

nonnogeppetto says...

Until this morning I thought the freedom of speech had not changed since I came back from Germany yesterday. I made a comment in response to TEDMAC.....'s and I made a mild comment about the echo's role in reporting these stories about Rantie much to my surprise it was taken off I guess I was wrong. Of course the echo reserves the right to take off what they see offensive or racist I wasn't either so I am lost. Anyway I was getting less and less interested because of the tit for tat that fills the comments column I am today even less keen even to bother to read comments or match reports. Some will say thank God for that so be it.
Until this morning I thought the freedom of speech had not changed since I came back from Germany yesterday. I made a comment in response to TEDMAC.....'s and I made a mild comment about the echo's role in reporting these stories about Rantie much to my surprise it was taken off I guess I was wrong. Of course the echo reserves the right to take off what they see offensive or racist I wasn't either so I am lost. Anyway I was getting less and less interested because of the tit for tat that fills the comments column I am today even less keen even to bother to read comments or match reports. Some will say thank God for that so be it. nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 1

11:29am Wed 5 Mar 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

^
Sorry to hear that Nonno I look forward to your comments/responses wether I agree with them or not.
^ Sorry to hear that Nonno I look forward to your comments/responses wether I agree with them or not. TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 1

11:42am Wed 5 Mar 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

C'MON ECHO RE-INSTATE NONNO'S COMMENT!!!

WE'RE ALL GROWN UP ON HERE (WELL MOSTLY & MOST OF THE TIME!), HE IS AN INOFFENSIVE GENTLEMAN AND I CAN'T IMAGINE WHY HE SHOULD BE "CENSORED"!
C'MON ECHO RE-INSTATE NONNO'S COMMENT!!! WE'RE ALL GROWN UP ON HERE (WELL MOSTLY & MOST OF THE TIME!), HE IS AN INOFFENSIVE GENTLEMAN AND I CAN'T IMAGINE WHY HE SHOULD BE "CENSORED"! TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 1

12:43pm Wed 5 Mar 14

nonnogeppetto says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
C'MON ECHO RE-INSTATE NONNO'S COMMENT!!!

WE'RE ALL GROWN UP ON HERE (WELL MOSTLY & MOST OF THE TIME!), HE IS AN INOFFENSIVE GENTLEMAN AND I CAN'T IMAGINE WHY HE SHOULD BE "CENSORED"!
It could have been due to the fact that my PC tricked me because when I posted the comment above even though I was logged on it asked me to login/sign on, I am assuming that may have played a part???? in which case I take back everything I said.

If it is all down to technology and the way I use it than it is me to blame and not the echo. However it has never happened to me before so who knows.

Anyway the gist of my comment was that I agreed with you about Rantie using the settling down card too much but I also said that echo should not keep putting a recording device in front of him instead leave him alone and let his football eventually speak for him. I also hinted that what the player says may not necessarily be reflected in what is reported. Se la vive
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: C'MON ECHO RE-INSTATE NONNO'S COMMENT!!! WE'RE ALL GROWN UP ON HERE (WELL MOSTLY & MOST OF THE TIME!), HE IS AN INOFFENSIVE GENTLEMAN AND I CAN'T IMAGINE WHY HE SHOULD BE "CENSORED"![/p][/quote]It could have been due to the fact that my PC tricked me because when I posted the comment above even though I was logged on it asked me to login/sign on, I am assuming that may have played a part???? in which case I take back everything I said. If it is all down to technology and the way I use it than it is me to blame and not the echo. However it has never happened to me before so who knows. Anyway the gist of my comment was that I agreed with you about Rantie using the settling down card too much but I also said that echo should not keep putting a recording device in front of him instead leave him alone and let his football eventually speak for him. I also hinted that what the player says may not necessarily be reflected in what is reported. Se la vive nonnogeppetto
  • Score: -1

2:14pm Wed 5 Mar 14

ASM says...

I'll be your mate TK, better still NAT1234 will be your best mate (I think she is a bit lonely too, judging by her unhealthy obsession with you)
I'll be your mate TK, better still NAT1234 will be your best mate (I think she is a bit lonely too, judging by her unhealthy obsession with you) ASM
  • Score: 2

3:44pm Wed 5 Mar 14

afcb-mark says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
FFS! Is the English way of life that different to Sweden? Is Malmo not a bigger place than Bournemouth? - it is I checked pop. 303k v Bmth 183k.
I'm getting a bit bored of the "settling" in stories. I have to work away all the time and you just have to get on with it and produce the goods!

Not particulary having a go at TK and really wish him all the best, but this sort of PR is nothing but irritating!

I wonder how Yann wll fare once he has "settled in"???
Yann came with his wife and child so has someone to go home to at night, I guess it must be very lonely if you are in a foreign country on your own away from your family and friends. I hope the rest of the players and not just the two mentioned will make TK feel a bit more included or we might just lose him. I rate him, he seems to be a good person and he's not done too bad so far. I don't doubt the best is still to come. He doesn't deserve the stick he's getting off some of our so called 'supporters'. Good luck TK.
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: FFS! Is the English way of life that different to Sweden? Is Malmo not a bigger place than Bournemouth? - it is I checked pop. 303k v Bmth 183k. I'm getting a bit bored of the "settling" in stories. I have to work away all the time and you just have to get on with it and produce the goods! Not particulary having a go at TK and really wish him all the best, but this sort of PR is nothing but irritating! I wonder how Yann wll fare once he has "settled in"???[/p][/quote]Yann came with his wife and child so has someone to go home to at night, I guess it must be very lonely if you are in a foreign country on your own away from your family and friends. I hope the rest of the players and not just the two mentioned will make TK feel a bit more included or we might just lose him. I rate him, he seems to be a good person and he's not done too bad so far. I don't doubt the best is still to come. He doesn't deserve the stick he's getting off some of our so called 'supporters'. Good luck TK. afcb-mark
  • Score: 7

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