Tokelo Rantie

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Tokelo Rantie
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Personal information
Full name Tokelo Anthony Rantie
Date of birth (1990-09-08) 8 September 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Parys, South Africa
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 9
Youth career
1997–2005 Dangerous Darkies
2006–2009 Stars of Africa Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Stars of Africa Academy
2010 Ferroviário de Beira (loan)
2011 CD Maxaquene (loan)
2011 IFK Hässleholm (loan) 12 (10)
2011–2012 Orlando Pirates (loan) 20 (7)
2012–2013 Malmö FF (loan) 15 (5)
2013 Malmö FF 17 (5)
2013– Bournemouth 35 (5)
National team
2012– South Africa 26 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:47, 7 November 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 December 2013

Tokelo Anthony Rantie (born 8 September 1990) is a South African footballer who currently plays for Football League Championship side Bournemouth and the South Africa national team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Parys, Free State, Rantie started his career in different academies, most notably the Stars of Africa Academy in his native South Africa.[1] He proceeded to move to Ferroviário de Beira in 2010 and later CD Maxaquene in neighbouring Mozambique. In 2011 he moved to Sweden and Division 7 side IFK Hässleholm on a deal loan deal from Stars of Africa Academy as part of their co-operation to bring South African players to Sweden.[2]

Orlando Pirates[edit]

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 goals 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.[3]

Malmö FF[edit]

On 9 August 2012, Allsvenskan club Malmö FF confirmed via their Twitter account that Rantie was joining the club.[4] 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.[5] Rantie made his debut for the club on 16 August 2012 when he played 45 minutes in a friendly against Italian side Lazio.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] In total Rantie played 21 matches and scored seven goals for the club during the league title winning season. He was given permission by Bournmouth 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[edit]

Malmö FF confirmed on 28 August 2013 that they had sold Rantie to English club Bournemouth.[10] The transfer fee was undisclosed but was reported to be a Bournemouth club record fee of £2.5 million.[11][12] Rantie made his début on 17 September, replacing Scottish winger Ryan Fraser in a 1–0 win against Barnsley at the Goldsands Stadium.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15] His second goal for the club came in January 2014, scoring the winning goal as Bournemouth beat Huddersfield Town 2–1.[16] Rantie has struggled to break into the starting 11 with Bournemouth top scorer Lewis Grabban and January Signing of Yann Kermorgant from Charlton Athletic [17] 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 [18] 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 the 1-0 defeat away to Millwall by the South African [19] with keeper Forde denying the striker with strong saves on two separate occasions, it could signal a chance for Tokelo to start for the Cherries more often in next years campaign. Rantie is a very popular player with the fans, and many believe this linked with the new opportunity with the striker spot up for grabs could lead to a fresh start for Rantie.

International career[edit]

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.[20] 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.[21] Rantie was selected in the starting line-up in the two latter group fixtures against Angola and Morocco and for the quarter–finals against Mali. He scored his only goal in the tournament in the quarter–finals, the goal resulted in South Africa taking a 1–0 lead, however the match was ultimately won by Mali on penalties after the match had ended 1–1 after extra time. On 19 November 2014 he scored a brace against Nigeria in a thrilling African cup of nations qualifier which ended in a 2-2 draw with Nigeria getting eliminated.

Career statistics[edit]


As of 15 February 2014.[22]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ferroviário da Beira 2010
CD Maxaquene 2011
IFK Hässleholm 2011 12 10 0 0 12 10
Total 12 10 0 0 12 10
Orlando Pirates 2011–12 20 7 0 0 0 0 20 7
Total 20 7 0 0 0 0 20 7
Malmö FF 2012 11 3 1 3 12 6
2013 21 7 2 2 6 1 29 10
Total 32 10 3 5 6 1 41 16
Bournemouth 2013–14 20 3 2 0 22 3
Total 20 3 2 0 22 3
Career total 75 29 5 5 6 1 86 35


As of 16 June 2013.[22]
National team Year Apps Goals
South Africa 2012 5 2
2013 7 1
Total 12 3



Malmö FF
Orlando Pirates[1]


  1. ^ a b "2 – Tokelo Rantie". Stars of Africa. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Elittrio ska ge lyft". (in Swedish). Kristianstadsbladet. 26 March 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Pirates set to miss out on Rantie". Kickoff. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Tokelo Rantie är nu klar för Malmö FF! Mer info på inom kort". Twitter. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Tokelo Rantie är klar för Malmö FF". (in Swedish). Malmö FF. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "MFF nära att klara lika". (in Swedish). Sydsvenskan. 16 August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "MFF besegrade Sandviken". (in Swedish). Sydsvenskan. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  8. ^ ""Tiki" kan ha svaren". (in Swedish). Sydsvenskan. 27 August 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Tiki skriver 4-årskontrakt". (in Swedish). Malmö FF. 23 April 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Tokelo Rantie går till engelsk klubb". (in Swedish). Malmö FF. 28 August 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "AFC Bournemouth sign Tokelo Rantie from Malmo". BBC Sport. 28 August 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Bournemouth 2–1 Huddersfield Town". BBC Sport. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Bournemouth 1–1 Barnsley" BBC Sport. 17 September 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  14. ^ "Middlesbrough 3–3 Bournemouth" BBC Sport. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  15. ^ "Burnley 1–1 Bournemouth" BBC Sport. 9 November 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  16. ^ "Bournemouth 2–1 Huddersfield" BBC Sport. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
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  20. ^ "Bafana Bafana win at last!". Kickoff. 15 June 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  21. ^ "Skånsk representation i Afrikanska mästerskapen". (in Swedish). Fotbollskanalen. 30 December 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  22. ^ a b "Tokelo Rantie". (in Swedish). Soccerway. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 

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