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 26)
Place of birth Parys, South Africa
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Genclerbirligi
Number 31
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)
2013–2016 Bournemouth 44 (5)
2016– Gençlerbirliği 15 (1)
National team
2012– South Africa 38 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 April 2017

Tokelo Anthony Rantie (born 8 September 1990) is a South African professional footballer who plays as a striker for Turkish club Gençlerbirliği 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. 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 Sweden and Division2 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[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 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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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]

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.[22] 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.[23] Rantie was reportedly dismissed from South Africa's training camp and dropped from the national team after apparently farting on former manager, Ephraim Masahaba.[24]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 17 August 2015.[25]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ferroviário da Beira 2010
Total
CD Maxaquene 2011
Total
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 29 3 2 0 31 3
2014–15 12 2 4 0 16 2
2015–16 1 0 0 0 0 1
Total 41 5 6 0 47 5
Career total 96 31 9 5 6 1 111 37

International[edit]

As of 16 June 2013.[25]
National team Year Apps Goals
South Africa 2012 5 2
2013 7 1
Total 12 3

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list South Africa's goal tally first.[26]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 June 2012 Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit, South Africa  Gabon 2–0 3–0 Friendly
2. 16 October 2012 Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi, Kenya  Kenya 1–0 2–1 Friendly
3. 2 February 2013 Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa  Mali 1–0 1–1 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
4. 11 October 2013 Stade d'Agadir, Agadir, Morocco  Morocco 1–0 1–1 Friendly
5. 11 October 2014 Stade Municipal, Pointe-Noire, Congo  Congo 2–0 2–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
6. 15 November 2014 Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa  Sudan 2–0 2–1 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
7. 19 November 2014 Akwa Ibom Stadium, Uyo, Nigeria  Nigeria 1–0 2–2 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
8. 2–0
9. 13 November 2015 Estádio Nacional de Ombaka, Benguela, Angolla  Angola 1–1 3–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
10. 26 March 2016 Limbe Stadium, Limbe, Cameroon  Cameroon 1–0 2–2 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

Honours[edit]

Orlando Pirates[2]
Bournemouth

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Football League Limited: Club list of registered players as at 16th May 2015" (PDF). The Football League. 16 May 2015. p. 2. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "2 – Tokelo Rantie". starsofafrica.wordpress.com. Stars of Africa. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Elittrio ska ge lyft". kristianstadsbladet.se (in Swedish). Kristianstadsbladet. 26 March 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Pirates set to miss out on Rantie". kickoff.com. Kickoff. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Tokelo Rantie är nu klar för Malmö FF! Mer info på MFF.se inom kort". twitter.com. Twitter. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Tokelo Rantie är klar för Malmö FF". mff.se (in Swedish). Malmö FF. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "MFF nära att klara lika". sydsvenskan.se (in Swedish). Sydsvenskan. 16 August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "MFF besegrade Sandviken". sydsvenskan.se (in Swedish). Sydsvenskan. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  9. ^ ""Tiki" kan ha svaren". sydsvenskan.se (in Swedish). Sydsvenskan. 27 August 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Tiki skriver 4-årskontrakt". mff.se (in Swedish). Malmö FF. 23 April 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Tokelo Rantie går till engelsk klubb". mff.se (in Swedish). Malmö FF. 28 August 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "AFC Bournemouth sign Tokelo Rantie from Malmo". BBC Sport. 28 August 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Bournemouth 2–1 Huddersfield Town". BBC Sport. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Bournemouth 1–1 Barnsley" BBC Sport. 17 September 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  15. ^ "Middlesbrough 3–3 Bournemouth" BBC Sport. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  16. ^ "Burnley 1–1 Bournemouth" BBC Sport. 9 November 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  17. ^ "Bournemouth 2–1 Huddersfield" BBC Sport. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  18. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/25983604
  19. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/27714652
  20. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/27167654
  21. ^ "AFC Bournemouth's striker Tokelo Rantie completes permanent move to Turkish side Genclerbirligi". www.afcb.co.uk. A.F.C. Bournemouth. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  22. ^ "Bafana Bafana win at last!". kickoff.com. Kickoff. 15 June 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  23. ^ "Skånsk representation i Afrikanska mästerskapen". fotbollskanalen.se (in Swedish). Fotbollskanalen. 30 December 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  24. ^ "Tokelo Rantie's international career over after farting at South Africa manager". The Sun. 2016-10-27. Retrieved 2016-12-30. 
  25. ^ a b "Tokelo Rantie". soccerway.com (in Swedish). Soccerway. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  26. ^ "T. Rantie". Soccerway. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 

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