Tokelo is training hard. We are trying to get him into the right condition, said John Comitis. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

DURBAN – Tokelo Rantie joined Cape Town City with huge expectations, but he is yet to even make a single appearance for the club.

City coach, Benni McCarthy, was asked why it has taken Rantie so much time to make his City debut when he was on the SABC sports show, Sports @10 last week, but couldn’t give a proper answer saying the club’s management were the right people to talk to regarding the Bafana Bafana striker.

City chairman, John Comitis, explained why Rantie hasn’t featured for City.

“Tokelo is training hard. We are trying to get him into the right condition,” Comitis said in an interview last week.

“He has a personal matter. Tokelo has a problem with his wife. They are not seeing eye-to-eye. Next week (this week) we will sit down with him and discuss his future. He is still contracted to us and we are doing our best to support him.”

Rantie is one of the most prolific marksman in South Africa. He has plied his trade in the English Premier League, Sweden and Turkey. He is competing for a spot upfront with the likes of Siphelele Mthembu and Matthew Rusike at City.

Tokelo Rantie in action for South Africa against Cape Verde in September 2017 at Moses Mabhida Stadium.Photo: Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix
Tokelo Rantie in action for South Africa against Cape Verde in September 2017 at Moses Mabhida Stadium.Photo: Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

City have already lifted a trophy this season. They scooped the MTN8 after beating SuperSport United on penalties at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

“We are halfway into the season. We started well. It look like we are now reaping the rewards of hard work. We are now scoring more goals. We are improving. We hope to continue with the same form in the next matches,” Comitis said.

City are eighth on the PSL standings with 16 points after 12 games.

“We hope to end the year in the top eight. Our goal in to crack into that top eight,” Comitis said.

The transfer window will open next month and City are not intending to add any new players to their squad.

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“At the moment I will say no, we won’t be busy in the transfer market. We will review and see where we can add if we see the need to add. We will wait until the last game,” Comitis explained.

City face Chippa United on Tuesday in an league tussle at Athlone Stadium. Cape Town Stadium is unavailable as the venue will stage this weekend’s Cape Town Sevens.

City will be looking to bounce back following defeat to Highlands Park in their last outing.

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