- Striker Tokelo Rantie has disappeared without a trace
- Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane admitted that he has no idea where the player has gone
- Rantie has a chequered past and this may result in his termination from the team
Mamelodi Sundowns coach has admitted that he has no idea where striker Tokelo Rantie has disappeared to. He confirmed that had not seen the former Bafana Bafana player in weeks.
“Aaai Tokelo‚ I don’t know. You must ask Yugesh (Singh).
"I haven’t seen him‚ maybe you can locate him but we will see‚” said Mosimane.
Briefly.co.za learned that many fans were sceptical when Mosimane signed Rantie up for a three-year contract in September.
Rantie's career has been plagued with fitness and discipline issues. Mosimane hoped to turn Rantie's career and life around and send him for a rigorous assessment in July.
Despite his absence, Mosimane has faith in Rantie according to the sowetanlive.co.za.
“I believe that we can’t hold somebody to what he has done in the past‚” Mosimane said at the time.
“We all know that he has had big challenges in the past but somebody has to give a helping hand and probably that somebody is me.
"What if he comes out right‚ we have nothing to lose.
"We assessed him and I like him. My recommendation to the club was to give him a chance because everybody deserves a second chance.”
This was seen as Rantie's chance the revive his career but despite Mosimane's apparent patience, he has little tolerance for players that destabilise the team with ill-discipline.
Defender Siyabonga Zulu was axed from the squad in January for failing to show up to training, Rantie might suffer the same treatment.
Mosimane was clear when he spoke about discipline in the team.
“My belief is that football will deal with you if you are not disciplined.
"The dressing room is going to reject you and your life will be exposed because you are a public figure.
"I am not going to pretend that I have a house that is full of monks or anything like that‚” said Mosimane in June.
“Our dressing room has rejected a lot of noisy players in the past.
"Either you fit in or the system will take you out and if you want to fight the system you have to be top on the pitch.
"If you are top on the pitch‚ then we will say he is a good player and if you are not going to be top and help us to win‚ you are not going to last.
"You know players that have left us‚ I don’t want to mention them by name.
"We have a lot of work to do‚ we have match analysis‚ lots of games to prepare for and play and you must tell me where you think we must help you to improve.”
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