Bafana Bafana

Masinga backs Rantie call-up

2015-08-27 08:22
Tokelo Rantie plays in the English Premiership. PHOTO: Mitchell Leff / Getty Images

Cape Town - Former Bafana Bafana striker Philemon Masinga has backed Shakes Mashaba's decision to call up Tokelo Rantie, despite his lack of game time at Bournemouth.

The former Orlando Pirates striker has been called up to the South Africa team to face Mauritania in a next month.

Mashaba drew plenty of criticism around recent squad selections due to the player's limited playing time, but Masinga feels there shouldn't be issues with Rantie's addition to the squad.

"I do not think Shakes should panic as of yet about Rantie's fitness level because his team has only played two matches in which he did not feature," the 46-year old told Goal website.

"I want to believe that he still on the same level as his team-mates because the season just got underway and he played during their pre-season."

The former Leeds United forward believes that there's a good balance amongst the four forwards selected in the squad and remained upbeat about the national teams options.

"The coach has a good balance in the striking department because both Gabuza and Rantie are out and out strikers while the other two players are offensive players, who can be redeployed in different roles," he concluded.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Vote

After Stuart Baxter stepped down as Bafana Bafana head coach, who would you like to see take over?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.