- Cape Town City head coach Benni McCarthy believes he has secured an incredible deal by signing striker Tokelo Rantie
- Rantie joined Cape Town City from the wild after he left his Turkish side Genclerbirligi late in 2017
- McCarthy has backed the 27-year old to return to form and said he was sure his former Bafana teammate would succeed at Cape Town City
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Cape Town City head coach Benni McCarthy believes he has secured an incredible deal by signing striker Tokelo Rantie on a free transfer deal. Rantie who left his Turkish side Genclerbirligi late in 2017 joins Cape Town City after a long search for a new club.
McCarthy has backed the 27-year old striker to find his former prolific goalscoring form and make a success of his return to professional football. Rantie suffered a terrible slump in form during his spell in Turkey and quit his club after failing to make the team for extended periods.
McCarthy and Rantie played together as teammates in the national side and McCarthy said he had personal insights into what made Rantie tick. McCarthy said Rantie was one of the best strikers in the game when he is fit and in the right mental space.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Rantie was announced by Cape Town City over the weekend. He is believed to have been on wooed by Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United in bids to secure his signature.
Kickoff.co.za reported that McCarthy was incredibly happy with Rantie joining his side and said it felt like he had won the jackpot.
The Cape Town boss admitted that he was fond of Rantie because of the time they spent together as teammates. McCarthy admitted that Rantie had gone through a rough patch but said that was a normal part of life.
McCarthy said this rough patch did not mean Rantie was any less special and one of the best strikers which South Africa had ever produced.
McCarthy said his main concern now was to get Rantie match fit and ready to play as quickly as possible. McCarthy said he knew what a fit Rantie was capable of and once he hits form he would become unstoppable.
Cape Town City’s next match is against Kaizer Chiefs on 15 September. The PSL is currently on a FIFA mandated break.
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