Tokelo Rantie: I felt like I wasted a lot of time going to Turkey and England

The former Buccaneer attacker is adamant that his return to SA is not something to be disappointed by

Tokelo Rantie is the latest South African player to return from Europe as he recently signed for Cape Town City.

The striker though, doesn’t see his move back home to play in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) as a step backwards in his career.

More often than not, players return home after failing to make an impression in Europe or as a result of missing their families and struggling to adapt to a foreign country but with the speedy Rantie that is not the case.

The 27-year-old striker played in arguably the best league in the world, the English Premier League after he helped them to promotion in 2013, but he never really played his best football in England as he left for Gençlerbirliği in 2016.

The striker was out of action for nearly a year as he decided to go back home in the Free State and focus on his farm.

Speaking on Radio 2000 Rantie said: "I am a farmer, I have a farm but I still want to play football.”

“I felt like I wasted a lot of time going to Turkey and England, I could have gone to other countries. Coming back home is not a downgrade for me,” he added.

The Free State-born forward still has the desire to score goals and he believes Cape Town City is the right club to help him find his goal scoring boosts. 

The former Malmo Fotbollforening star had his first training session with City on Wednesday and said it went well and felt welcomed.

Rantie said Benni McCarthy played a big role in his life.

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“I’ve learnt a lot from him,” Rantie said of his former teammate and now coach.

This will be Rantie’s second stint in the Absa Premiership after he first came onto the scene in the 2011/12 season with Orlando Pirates where he formed a deadly partnership with McCarthy.