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Benni McCarthy relishes having Tokelo Rantie in his Cape Town City squad

2:59 PM GMT 03/09/2018
Cape Town City, Benni McCarthy
The Citizens mentor is determined to help Rantie get back to his best and see him back in the Bafana Bafana fold

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy is determined to get the best out of new signing Tokelo Rantie.

Following a disappointing last few months abroad, Rantie returned to South Africa where he reunited with a former teammate and now head coach in McCarthy.

The former Bafana Bafana international has been working wonders at the Citizens as he guided the Mother City-based outfit to their second successive MTN8 final.

Nonetheless, McCarthy has now turned his attention to helping Rantie rediscover the form that saw him become one of South African football’s most feared strikers.

“It is not just Cape Town City and I who are going to benefit, but Bafana Bafana as well,” McCarthy told the media after successively overcoming Mamelodi Sundowns in the MTN8.

“Irrespective of what the coach has against him, when he bangs in the goals to the level that he should, then why should a national team deny a player who can help us qualify for a World Cup that we can’t seem to do,” McCarthy stated.

“He is one of the best strikers that we have in the country and the fact that I have him now, my main priority is to try and get him fit as soon as possible because when he gets going… good luck to the rest of the league,” he added.

“He is unstoppable at his best and that is what I am going to try and do. I think we hit a little bit of a jackpot because he is a player who I am very fond of. He is a former teammate of mine and I know his capabilities when he is at his best,” he said.

“He hit a little rough patch and everybody does in life, even the great Richard Branson also had to start with a rough patch in his life,” he concluded.