Rantie fac­ing crunch talks at City?

Soccer Laduma - - Siyag Bhoza -

Tokelo Rantie’s fu­ture at Cape Town City is un­der scru­tiny, with in­di­ca­tions that the club is not happy with his progress - since putting pen to pa­per as a mar­quee sign­ing.

The Mother City-based club com­pleted the for­mer Gen­cler­birligi striker’s sign­ing on the fi­nal day of the trans­fer win­dow, on Au­gust 31. At the time, City had edged their PSL ri­vals to the 28-year-old’s sig­na­ture and it was viewed as one of the big­gest moves of the win­dow.

Three months later and Rantie has not played a sin­gle minute of com­pet­i­tive ac­tion for the first team.

Sign­ing the player at the time, City were aware that it would take some time be­fore Rantie re­gained his match fit­ness and be­come avail­able for first team se­lec­tion, this after be­ing out of ac­tion for sev­eral months.

The player has been on spe­cific train­ing pro­grams and, ac­cord­ing to the Siya sources, the club is do­ing ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to as­sist the player in re­gain­ing his fit­ness lev­els. How­ever, it has been sug­gested that the club is not sat­is­fied with Rantie’s progress de­spite the ef­fort that has gone into his train- ing, and Rantie does not seem to be in coach Benni McCarthy’s im­me­di­ate plans.

It is now be­lieved that Rantie is fac­ing crunch talks with City’s man­age­ment, and he could be fac­ing an exit sooner rather than later. It has been sug­gested that Rantie is not yet fit enough to play first team foot­ball and, as one of the high­est-paid play­ers at the club, the team ex­pect more from him.

Ayanda Patosi was in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion last year, and he was able to turn it around. City will be hop­ing that Rantie will fol­low

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