Former Bafana Bafana striker Tokelo Rantie could see his contract with Mamelodi Sundowns torn up before the new year.
Rantie has been absent from Sundowns training from some time and sources at the club allege the 29-year-old may soon be without a club.
Sundowns don’t know where striker is
Manager Pitso Mosimane confirmed the forward had not been at training and claimed to be unaware of his whereabouts.
“You must ask Yogesh. I haven’t seen him [Rantie],” said Mosimane when asked about Rantie at a recent press conference.
Rantie was released by Cape Town City in December last year after he failed to knuckle down in training due to off-field distractions.
Once one of South Africa’s brightest prospects Rantie spent time in Europe turning out for Swedish outfit Malmo FF before signing for Bournemouth in 2013. Rantie helped the club achieve promotion to the Premier League but once they were in the top flight struggled to hold down a place and was sold off to Turkish club Genclerbirligi for a career-high transfer fee of €1-million.
Rantie walked out on the Turkish in January 2018 leading them to seek mediation from FIFA. At that point he joined Cape Town City after being unable to secure the move back to Sweden that he desired.
“Rantie has not been at training for quite some time now. The club is not happy. The coach and the management have tried their best to protect him,” a source told kickoff.com.
“But I think they have given up now. It’s a very sad situation with the boy.”
Rantie played 40 matches for Bafana Bafana scoring 13 goals and was for some time arguably the best South African forward but he fell out with former coach Shakes Mashaba and then refused a call-up for the must-win World Cup qualifiers against Senegal under Stuart Baxter.
The foreshadowing of Rantie’s troubles
At the time Baxter gave indications of the trouble brewing in Turkey for Rantie.
“The last time I was sat here and named a squad I gave the reasons why Tokelo was not in the squad‚” Baxter said at the time.
“That was that he’d just come off a three-game suspension [for his club]‚ his coach was playing him as a winger‚ and I wasn’t 100 percent satisfied with his performance against Cape Verde.
“Given those reasons‚ I had a conversation with Tokelo where he wasn’t that happy with that.
“He was explaining some of the problems he’s had [in Turkey]‚ and how he’s not feeling too good and he wants some space to think about both his international career and his career in Turkey‚ and if he should try and get back into Bafana or move on.”