Rantie strike not enough to save Genclerbirligi

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The South African international scored his fifth for Ankara Ruzgari as they extended their winless run to three games

South African attacker Tokelo Rantie got on the scoresheet for the first time since 4 December 2016 as he scored for his Genclerbirligi in their 2-1 loss against Emmanuel Adebayor’s Istanbul Basaksehir in the Super Lig on Saturday.

The attacker netted the opener for his side after strikes from Marcio Mossoro and Mustafa Pektemek handed the title hopefuls the three points and temporarily elevated them to the summit of the Turkish top flight ahead of Besiktas, who will take on Bursaspor on Monday.

Rantie opened the scoring for Ankara Ruzgari in the 21st minute and his side looked destined for the three points as they took the 1-0 lead into the interval. However, Mossoro drew Basaksehir level before Pektemek sealed the win.

The strike was the Bafana Bafana attacker’s second in the league in Genclerbirligi colours since joining at the start of the season from Premier League side FC Bournemouth. He has scored three other goals in cup competitions.

Prior to Saturday’s goal, Rantie last scored in the 2-0 win over Adanaspor in December and the former Orlando Pirates man had to wait 160 days before netting his second.

The 27-year-old has struggled for form and game time since a series of injuries, which initially saw him lose his place in sacked Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba’s squad.

However, with newly appointed coach Stuart Baxter expected to name his squad for next month’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier against Nigeria imminently, Rantie will be hoping to make a return for his country.

Rantie, Adebayor and Ghanaian defender Joseph Attamah (Basaksehir) saw the game through, whilst Attamah’s compatriot Kamal Issah was replaced at half-time by Umit Ozat.

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The South African forward released the following photograph in honour of Emmanuel Adebayor after the game.

 

Tokelo Rantie's Emmanuel Adebayor jersey

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