Tokelo Rantie’s agent has confirmed that the former Bafana Bafana striker has signed for Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns.
Rantie, who had been training with Sundowns for over two months, has now been given an opportunity to resurrect his career. Rantie comes off a period of battling with personal life issues that forced Cape Town City to terminate his contract in January.
Coach Benni McCarthy confirmed the failed move at the time: “Unfortunately for us, we weren’t able to overturn what was going on behind closed doors in Rantie’s lifestyle and personal life. Football only wasn’t enough for him,” McCarthy told Phakathi.
Though Sundowns are yet to announce the player, Rantie’s agent, Kgori Dinho Mokoro, has verified the rumours that the Parys-born 29-year-old has put to paper at Chloorkop.
“Yes it is true... Tokelo 'TK' Rantie has signed with Mamelodi Sundowns,” Mokoro told Soccer Laduma.
“I can only thank Coach Pitso (Mosimane) who gave 'TK' a chance when everyone else had written him off. Yes, 'TK' did have personal problems, but that is all behind him now - my client just wants to play football and enjoy the game. Once again thanks to Coach Pitso and also KB (Rangoaga - Sundowns fitness coach),” he added.
Rantie now joins the eighth club of his career which includes the likes of Malmo, IFK Hässleholm (both Sweden), Orlando Pirates, Genclerbirligi (Turkey) and Bournemouth (England).
Meanwhile, Sundowns will be next on the pitch against Seychelles side Côte d'Or FC in a CAF Champions League qualifier on Saturday 14 September away.