Tokelo Rantie

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Tokelo Rantie
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Personal information
Full name Tokelo Anthony Rantie [1]
Date of birth (1990-09-08) 8 September 1990 (age 31)
Place of birth Parys, South Africa
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
1997–2005 Dangerous Darkies
2006–2009 Stars of Africa Academy
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2009–2013 Stars of Africa Academy
2010Ferroviário de Beira (loan)
2011CD Maxaquene (loan)
2011IFK Hässleholm (loan) 12 (10)
2011–2012Orlando Pirates (loan) 20 (7)
2012–2013Malmö FF (loan) 15 (5)
2013 Malmö FF 17 (5)
2013–2016 Bournemouth 44 (5)
2016–2018 Gençlerbirliği 26 (3)
2018 Cape Town City 0 (0)
2019–2020 Mamelodi Sundowns 0 (0)
National team
2012– South Africa 40 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 29 October 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 September 2017

Tokelo Anthony Rantie (born 8 September 1990) is a South African professional soccer player who plays as a striker for the South Africa national team.

Contents

Club career

Early career

Born in Parys, Free State, Rantie started his career in different academies, most notably the Stars of Africa Academy in his native South Africa. Gabestar was his mentor. [2] He proceeded to move to Ferroviário de Beira in 2010 and later CD Maxaquene in neighbouring Mozambique. In 2011, he moved to Swedish Division 2 side IFK Hässleholm on a loan deal from Stars of Africa Academy as part of their co-operation to bring South African players to Sweden. [3]

Orlando Pirates

As Rantie had scored 10 goals in 12 games after half of the season he was loaned out to Orlando Pirates in the Premier Soccer League for the 2011–2012 season. He scored 7 chips in 20 games for the pirates. The club tried to convince Stars of Africa Academy to complete a full transfer but failed after the club's demands had been too high. [4]

Malmö FF

On 9 August 2012, Allsvenskan club Malmö FF confirmed via their Twitter account that Rantie was joining the club. [5] The transfer was a 17-month loan deal scheduled to end on 1 January 2014 with an option for Malmö to buy Rantie at a set price, the price was not disclosed. [6] Rantie made his debut for the club on 16 August 2012 when he played 45 minutes in a friendly against Italian side Lazio. [7] Rantie proceeded to score a hat-trick in his competitive debut for the club on 20 August 2012 when Malmö FF played Sandvikens IF away from home in the second round of Svenska Cupen, Malmö won the match 6–3 after extra time. [8] On 27 August 2012 Rantie made his first league appearance for Malmö FF when he came into the game from the bench in the 62nd minute against GIF Sundsvall. Rantie later scored his first league goal for the club in the 89th minute, affirming the end result 2–0 for his new club. [9] Overall Rantie played 11 league matches and scored three league goals for Malmö FF during the 2012 season.

Rantie started the 2013 season with a knee injury which meant that he was out for the majority of the pre-season. He managed to score a spectacular goal in the first league match, a home fixture against Halmstads BK, when he managed to dribble past several defenders before scoring the first goal of the game and his first of the season via the crossbar. On 23 April 2013 Rantie signed a four-year contract until the end of the 2016 season to make him a permanent Malmö FF player. [10] In total Rantie played 21 matches and scored seven goals for the club during the league title winning season. He was given permission by Bournemouth to return to the club for a couple of days in November 2013 to celebrate the title with the players and fans of Malmö FF.

AFC Bournemouth

Malmö FF confirmed on 28 August 2013 that they had sold Rantie to English club Bournemouth. [11] The transfer fee was undisclosed but was reported to be a Bournemouth club record fee of £2.5 million. [12] [13] Rantie made his début on 17 September, replacing Scottish winger Ryan Fraser in a 1–0 win against Barnsley at the Goldsands Stadium. [14] He made his first start for the club four days later in a 3–3 draw against Middlesbrough, lining up alongside strike partner Lewis Grabban before being replaced by Wes Thomas after 60 minutes. [15] His first goal for the club came on 9 November, as he opened the scoring in a 1–1 draw against Burnley at Turf Moor, before Danny Ings scored late on to level the match. [16] His second goal for the club came in January 2014, scoring the winning goal as Bournemouth beat Huddersfield Town 2–1. [17] Rantie struggled to break into the starting eleven with Bournemouth top scorer Lewis Grabban and January signing Yann Kermorgant from Charlton Athletic [18] being preferred by manager Eddie Howe. However, despite this, with the departure of Grabban to Norwich this summer for an estimated sum of £3,000,000 [19] after his release clause from the new contract he signed just 6 months earlier was triggered, and a strong performance in the last game of the season in a 1–0 defeat away to Millwall by the South African. [20]

Gençlerbirliği

On 26 August 2016, Bournemouth announced on their official website that Rantie had signed a permanent deal with Turkish side Gençlerbirliği for an undisclosed fee. [21]

Mamelodi Sundowns

On 10 September 2019 he signed a 3-year contract with Mamelodi Sundowns. [22]

Rantie's contract with Sundowns was terminated on 5 January 2020.

International career

Rantie made his senior national team debut for the South Africa national football team on 15 June 2012 in a friendly game against Gabon, scoring his first goal for Bafana Bafana in the process. [23] In 2013 Rantie was picked for his first tournament with South Africa when he was selected as part of the 23 men squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations held in South Africa. [24]

Career statistics

Club

As of 17 August 2015. [25]
ClubSeasonLeagueCupContinentalTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Ferroviário da Beira 2010
Total
CD Maxaquene 2011
Total
IFK Hässleholm (loan) 2011 1210001210
Total1210001210
Orlando Pirates 2011–12 2070000207
Total2070000207
Malmö FF (loan) 2012 11313126
Malmö FF 2013 21722612910
Total321035614116
Bournemouth 2013–14 29320313
2014–15 12240162
2015–16 100001
Total41560475
Career total9631956111137

International

As of 3 September 2017. [25]
National teamYearAppsGoals
South Africa 201242
2013123
201494
2015101
201631
201722
Total4012

International goals

Scores and results list South Africa's goal tally first. [26]
GoalDateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.15 June 2012 Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit, South AfricaFlag of Gabon.svg  Gabon 2–03–0 Friendly
2.16 October 2012 Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi, KenyaFlag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 1–02–1 Friendly
3.2 February 2013 Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South AfricaFlag of Mali.svg  Mali 1–01–1 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
4.11 October 2013 Stade d'Agadir, Agadir, MoroccoFlag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 1–01–1 Friendly
5.11 October 2014 Stade Municipal, Pointe-Noire, CongoFlag of the Republic of the Congo.svg  Congo 2–02–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
6.15 November 2014Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South AfricaFlag of Sudan.svg  Sudan 2–02–1 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
7.19 November 2014 Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, NigeriaFlag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 1–02–2 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
8.2–0
9.13 November 2015 Estádio Nacional de Ombaka, Benguela, AngollaFlag of Angola.svg  Angola 1–13–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
10.26 March 2016 Limbe Stadium, Limbe, CameroonFlag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 1–02–2 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
11.10 June 2017Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, NigeriaFlag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 1–02–0 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
12.1 September 2017 Estádio Nacional de Cabo Verde, Praia, Cape VerdeFlag of Cape Verde.svg  Cape Verde 1–01–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours

Orlando Pirates [2]
Malmö FF
Bournemouth

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