AFC Bournemouth's Tokelo Rantie: I want my son to be proud of me

DADDY COOL: Tokelo Rantie gives an exclusive interview to the Daily Echo

DADDY COOL: Tokelo Rantie gives an exclusive interview to the Daily Echo

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CHERRIES striker Tokelo Rantie has revealed how fatherhood is spurring him on as he looks to prove himself during his second season at Dean Court.

Rantie has experienced differing fortunes – both on and off the pitch – since joining Cherries for a club record fee from Swedish outfit Malmo last August.

The 23-year-old South African scored three goals in 31 appearances, including 16 from the bench, and admitted he was struggling to adjust to life in England.

Rantie, who was raised in the remote town of Parys in the Free State, became a father for the first time when his partner Gaositwe gave birth to their son Kutlwano at the end of March.

The player was given paternity leave to return to South Africa to attend the birth and also spent time with his family during the summer break.

But with his soon-to-be fiancée not due to finish her university studies until December, Rantie will only get to see his son occasionally between now and then.

In an emotional interview with the Daily Echo, Rantie said: “Being a father is exciting and something which has given me motivation when I go to training.

"I am not only doing it for my family, I have a little boy now who will always most definitely be looking up to me so I can’t allow myself to disappoint him.

“He is the new reason I want to do well. He is the reason behind things that I am going to do this season.

"He is still young and, hopefully, by the time he knows what is happening, I will be somewhere where he can sit back and say “I’m proud of my father”.

“I am doing this for him now because this is the first time I have been a father and don’t want to let him down. Football can do wonders in someone’s life so I want him to come and see what the Bournemouth people are doing for me. I want him to come one day and say, above everything else, he is happy his dad came here.”

Rantie added: “When he was born, I wanted it to bring his mother’s family and my family closer together so we decided to call him Kutlwano, which means togetherness in South African.

“They should move here in December and that is what I want because I need them to be here with me to help take my mind off football at times. There are times when I just want to concentrate on them.”

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8:34pm Fri 8 Aug 14

nonnogeppetto says...

Wish you all the very best Tokelo

For most people fatherhood usually comes at a time when work demand is at its highest, unless one is rich enough and not have work commitments. Being the other side of the world (more or less) from your loved ones means additional pressure no matter what profession you are in.

I hope that you will be given a boost by scoring few goals and take (at least) that pressure off your shoulders.

Good luck, do your best and I hope things will work out for you December isn't too far away!! UTCIAD
Wish you all the very best Tokelo For most people fatherhood usually comes at a time when work demand is at its highest, unless one is rich enough and not have work commitments. Being the other side of the world (more or less) from your loved ones means additional pressure no matter what profession you are in. I hope that you will be given a boost by scoring few goals and take (at least) that pressure off your shoulders. Good luck, do your best and I hope things will work out for you December isn't too far away!! UTCIAD nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 30

8:46pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Minty Fresh says...

Really hope you have a fantastic season for us TK. Hopefully the frustrations of last season will help you take your chance this season when it comes along! UTCIAD!
Really hope you have a fantastic season for us TK. Hopefully the frustrations of last season will help you take your chance this season when it comes along! UTCIAD! Minty Fresh
  • Score: 21

11:21pm Fri 8 Aug 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

GOOD LUCK for the new season Tokelo. . . . . . On the field you are a tricky customer who will terrorise many defences
GOOD LUCK for the new season Tokelo. . . . . . On the field you are a tricky customer who will terrorise many defences RED LETTER DAY
  • Score: 16

6:27am Sat 9 Aug 14

afcbtintin says...

What a great guy !

UTCIAD
What a great guy ! UTCIAD afcbtintin
  • Score: 8

6:45am Sat 9 Aug 14

Nat1234 says...

Come on TK make me look a fool and shut me up . I really. Really. hope you have a good season . And stake your place to be our number 1 striker .
Come on TK make me look a fool and shut me up . I really. Really. hope you have a good season . And stake your place to be our number 1 striker . Nat1234
  • Score: 14

7:44am Sat 9 Aug 14

Fanfor45 says...

Good morning to all. By way of comparison at another seasons start. Lewis Grabban started against Charlton at home last year and scored a stunner. He went to score only another 8 goals from open play. He was gifted 13 opportunities to score from 12 yards and took them all. T.K was given a chance against Burnely and scored a stunner. The innumerable chances he may have missed after that required a far greater amount of work than taking three steps to the penalty spot and thumping it. There isn’t a Cherries supporter who doesn’t want to see T.K score regularly and I am sure it will happen. Perhaps if he is in the side at the time of the first penalty award, just let him stroll up and thump it to get him off and running.
Good morning to all. By way of comparison at another seasons start. Lewis Grabban started against Charlton at home last year and scored a stunner. He went to score only another 8 goals from open play. He was gifted 13 opportunities to score from 12 yards and took them all. T.K was given a chance against Burnely and scored a stunner. The innumerable chances he may have missed after that required a far greater amount of work than taking three steps to the penalty spot and thumping it. There isn’t a Cherries supporter who doesn’t want to see T.K score regularly and I am sure it will happen. Perhaps if he is in the side at the time of the first penalty award, just let him stroll up and thump it to get him off and running. Fanfor45
  • Score: 4

8:19am Sat 9 Aug 14

ben611 says...

Fanfor45 wrote:
Good morning to all. By way of comparison at another seasons start. Lewis Grabban started against Charlton at home last year and scored a stunner. He went to score only another 8 goals from open play. He was gifted 13 opportunities to score from 12 yards and took them all. T.K was given a chance against Burnely and scored a stunner. The innumerable chances he may have missed after that required a far greater amount of work than taking three steps to the penalty spot and thumping it. There isn’t a Cherries supporter who doesn’t want to see T.K score regularly and I am sure it will happen. Perhaps if he is in the side at the time of the first penalty award, just let him stroll up and thump it to get him off and running.
agreed but his shooting is pretty awful!...has good pace and skill but terrible in the air and far to weak!
[quote][p][bold]Fanfor45[/bold] wrote: Good morning to all. By way of comparison at another seasons start. Lewis Grabban started against Charlton at home last year and scored a stunner. He went to score only another 8 goals from open play. He was gifted 13 opportunities to score from 12 yards and took them all. T.K was given a chance against Burnely and scored a stunner. The innumerable chances he may have missed after that required a far greater amount of work than taking three steps to the penalty spot and thumping it. There isn’t a Cherries supporter who doesn’t want to see T.K score regularly and I am sure it will happen. Perhaps if he is in the side at the time of the first penalty award, just let him stroll up and thump it to get him off and running.[/p][/quote]agreed but his shooting is pretty awful!...has good pace and skill but terrible in the air and far to weak! ben611
  • Score: -6

8:39am Sat 9 Aug 14

afcdibby says...

Fanfor45 wrote:
Good morning to all. By way of comparison at another seasons start. Lewis Grabban started against Charlton at home last year and scored a stunner. He went to score only another 8 goals from open play. He was gifted 13 opportunities to score from 12 yards and took them all. T.K was given a chance against Burnely and scored a stunner. The innumerable chances he may have missed after that required a far greater amount of work than taking three steps to the penalty spot and thumping it. There isn’t a Cherries supporter who doesn’t want to see T.K score regularly and I am sure it will happen. Perhaps if he is in the side at the time of the first penalty award, just let him stroll up and thump it to get him off and running.
Lewis Grabban didn't score 13 penalties last season, it was about 7. Also, he did miss 1, his first ever penalty miss.
Back to the article. What a wonderful man TK is. Most AFCB fans are really hoping it all comes good for TK.
[quote][p][bold]Fanfor45[/bold] wrote: Good morning to all. By way of comparison at another seasons start. Lewis Grabban started against Charlton at home last year and scored a stunner. He went to score only another 8 goals from open play. He was gifted 13 opportunities to score from 12 yards and took them all. T.K was given a chance against Burnely and scored a stunner. The innumerable chances he may have missed after that required a far greater amount of work than taking three steps to the penalty spot and thumping it. There isn’t a Cherries supporter who doesn’t want to see T.K score regularly and I am sure it will happen. Perhaps if he is in the side at the time of the first penalty award, just let him stroll up and thump it to get him off and running.[/p][/quote]Lewis Grabban didn't score 13 penalties last season, it was about 7. Also, he did miss 1, his first ever penalty miss. Back to the article. What a wonderful man TK is. Most AFCB fans are really hoping it all comes good for TK. afcdibby
  • Score: 6

8:47am Sat 9 Aug 14

Fanfor45 says...

afcdibby wrote:
Fanfor45 wrote: Good morning to all. By way of comparison at another seasons start. Lewis Grabban started against Charlton at home last year and scored a stunner. He went to score only another 8 goals from open play. He was gifted 13 opportunities to score from 12 yards and took them all. T.K was given a chance against Burnely and scored a stunner. The innumerable chances he may have missed after that required a far greater amount of work than taking three steps to the penalty spot and thumping it. There isn’t a Cherries supporter who doesn’t want to see T.K score regularly and I am sure it will happen. Perhaps if he is in the side at the time of the first penalty award, just let him stroll up and thump it to get him off and running.
Lewis Grabban didn't score 13 penalties last season, it was about 7. Also, he did miss 1, his first ever penalty miss. Back to the article. What a wonderful man TK is. Most AFCB fans are really hoping it all comes good for TK.
Apologies for any inaccuracies. Guilty only of taking fellow posters' statements as accurate but it's accurate enough to demonstrate the fine line between success/"failure". Up the Cherries!!!!
[quote][p][bold]afcdibby[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fanfor45[/bold] wrote: Good morning to all. By way of comparison at another seasons start. Lewis Grabban started against Charlton at home last year and scored a stunner. He went to score only another 8 goals from open play. He was gifted 13 opportunities to score from 12 yards and took them all. T.K was given a chance against Burnely and scored a stunner. The innumerable chances he may have missed after that required a far greater amount of work than taking three steps to the penalty spot and thumping it. There isn’t a Cherries supporter who doesn’t want to see T.K score regularly and I am sure it will happen. Perhaps if he is in the side at the time of the first penalty award, just let him stroll up and thump it to get him off and running.[/p][/quote]Lewis Grabban didn't score 13 penalties last season, it was about 7. Also, he did miss 1, his first ever penalty miss. Back to the article. What a wonderful man TK is. Most AFCB fans are really hoping it all comes good for TK.[/p][/quote]Apologies for any inaccuracies. Guilty only of taking fellow posters' statements as accurate but it's accurate enough to demonstrate the fine line between success/"failure". Up the Cherries!!!! Fanfor45
  • Score: 0

8:51am Sat 9 Aug 14

Nat1234 says...

ben611 wrote:
Fanfor45 wrote:
Good morning to all. By way of comparison at another seasons start. Lewis Grabban started against Charlton at home last year and scored a stunner. He went to score only another 8 goals from open play. He was gifted 13 opportunities to score from 12 yards and took them all. T.K was given a chance against Burnely and scored a stunner. The innumerable chances he may have missed after that required a far greater amount of work than taking three steps to the penalty spot and thumping it. There isn’t a Cherries supporter who doesn’t want to see T.K score regularly and I am sure it will happen. Perhaps if he is in the side at the time of the first penalty award, just let him stroll up and thump it to get him off and running.
agreed but his shooting is pretty awful!...has good pace and skill but terrible in the air and far to weak!
I agree his shooting is not the best , last season that is . Let's just hope Eddie has worked hard on that . Eddie must see something in him . So come on TK do it for yourself your son , and us fans , . But I must just say if after 10 or 12 matches there is no improvement from last season , he should go out on loan to a good div 1 team , and start scoring in that div , and boost his confidence and come back and show us all just what a good player he is ..
[quote][p][bold]ben611[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fanfor45[/bold] wrote: Good morning to all. By way of comparison at another seasons start. Lewis Grabban started against Charlton at home last year and scored a stunner. He went to score only another 8 goals from open play. He was gifted 13 opportunities to score from 12 yards and took them all. T.K was given a chance against Burnely and scored a stunner. The innumerable chances he may have missed after that required a far greater amount of work than taking three steps to the penalty spot and thumping it. There isn’t a Cherries supporter who doesn’t want to see T.K score regularly and I am sure it will happen. Perhaps if he is in the side at the time of the first penalty award, just let him stroll up and thump it to get him off and running.[/p][/quote]agreed but his shooting is pretty awful!...has good pace and skill but terrible in the air and far to weak![/p][/quote]I agree his shooting is not the best , last season that is . Let's just hope Eddie has worked hard on that . Eddie must see something in him . So come on TK do it for yourself your son , and us fans , . But I must just say if after 10 or 12 matches there is no improvement from last season , he should go out on loan to a good div 1 team , and start scoring in that div , and boost his confidence and come back and show us all just what a good player he is .. Nat1234
  • Score: 2

10:50am Sat 9 Aug 14

horsted says...

stick with it TK, you will soon be scoring lots of goals, keep the faith, good luck
stick with it TK, you will soon be scoring lots of goals, keep the faith, good luck horsted
  • Score: 4

12:11pm Sat 9 Aug 14

elite50 says...

I dunno.
When I became a father I did not even think that I needed to be a hero to my sons
My job was to make sure that they had every-thing that they needed to make their way in life.
This they got.
No-one has ever heard of me but to my 3 sons I am a hero.
I really don't care what any-one else thinks.
Maybe T.K. needs to take a look at what is important.
I dunno. When I became a father I did not even think that I needed to be a hero to my sons My job was to make sure that they had every-thing that they needed to make their way in life. This they got. No-one has ever heard of me but to my 3 sons I am a hero. I really don't care what any-one else thinks. Maybe T.K. needs to take a look at what is important. elite50
  • Score: 3

1:48pm Sat 9 Aug 14

ben611 says...

ben611 wrote:
Fanfor45 wrote: Good morning to all. By way of comparison at another seasons start. Lewis Grabban started against Charlton at home last year and scored a stunner. He went to score only another 8 goals from open play. He was gifted 13 opportunities to score from 12 yards and took them all. T.K was given a chance against Burnely and scored a stunner. The innumerable chances he may have missed after that required a far greater amount of work than taking three steps to the penalty spot and thumping it. There isn’t a Cherries supporter who doesn’t want to see T.K score regularly and I am sure it will happen. Perhaps if he is in the side at the time of the first penalty award, just let him stroll up and thump it to get him off and running.
agreed but his shooting is pretty awful!...has good pace and skill but terrible in the air and far to weak!
-3 christ sake! was just saying it how it is! peeps please take off your blind folds and re access the situation!
[quote][p][bold]ben611[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fanfor45[/bold] wrote: Good morning to all. By way of comparison at another seasons start. Lewis Grabban started against Charlton at home last year and scored a stunner. He went to score only another 8 goals from open play. He was gifted 13 opportunities to score from 12 yards and took them all. T.K was given a chance against Burnely and scored a stunner. The innumerable chances he may have missed after that required a far greater amount of work than taking three steps to the penalty spot and thumping it. There isn’t a Cherries supporter who doesn’t want to see T.K score regularly and I am sure it will happen. Perhaps if he is in the side at the time of the first penalty award, just let him stroll up and thump it to get him off and running.[/p][/quote]agreed but his shooting is pretty awful!...has good pace and skill but terrible in the air and far to weak![/p][/quote]-3 christ sake! was just saying it how it is! peeps please take off your blind folds and re access the situation! ben611
  • Score: -2

9:07pm Sat 9 Aug 14

michael mead says...

I believe 100% that you have the ability to score 20 to 25 goals this season.
You are a really good player and you will do it. Good luck.
I believe 100% that you have the ability to score 20 to 25 goals this season. You are a really good player and you will do it. Good luck. michael mead
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