Die Roten had a successful training camp after beating NFD side Vasco Da Gama (5-0), Dutch outfit PEC Zwolle (4-1), but was unlucky to go down (2-1) to Ajax Cape Town in a game that they had dominated.
Rani Khedira is the younger brother of Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira. Sami is also expected to be a central part of the German 2014 Fifa World Cup team. He is currently undergoing rehabilitation for a torn ligament in his right knee that he sustained in a match against Italy. According to Rani, his brother's injury is improving as rehabilitation is going according to plan.
Rani, only 19 years of age, made his Bundesliga debut with VfB Stuttgart against Hoffenheim in September 2013. The Khedira brothers hold a very close relationship and it's possible that Rani could be following in his elder brothers’ footsteps. The siblings display a similar style of football, and both started their professional careers in their hometown at VfB Stuttgart.
Die Roten did a trip up Table Mountain, visited the solitary confinement cell from Nelson Mandela on Robben Island and interacted with the locals in the Cape Townships.
“I am very impressed with the people of Cape Town and in the communities as well. We did a visit to the townships where we were very well received," Rani Khedira told Goal.
“My first impression is that the people here are very friendly even though they don’t have anything. They are always enthusiastic and happy about life and always have a smile on their face. It’s been a great experience,” said Khedira.
He added that he is hoping to get fully fit and get more game time once the Bundesliga kicks off again.
“Playing in the first team is much more quicker than in the second team. It’s a lot more aggressive, so you have to think quick and be in a good physical condition,” said Khedira, when asked about the intensity levels of the Bundesliga compared to that of the 3rd Liga in which the second team plays.
“For my future I want to create a lasting relationship with VfB Stuttgart. I would like to have more opportunities to play and everything will fall into place with time, if everything goes according to plan,” he concluded.