Bafana Bafana legends, John “Dungi” Moeti and Helman “Midnight Express” Mkhalele have backed striker, Tokelo Rantie, who failed to convert his spot kick in last night's 3-1 defeat to Algeria, declaring that it was Bafana’s overall lack of ruthlessness in front of goal that cost them the three points.
The 24-year-old Bournemouth marksman failed to give Bafana a two-goal lead from a penalty awarded, after Sibusiso Vilakazi was brought down in the Algerian penalty box, following swift counter-attacking minutes after Thuso Phala had scored for South Africa.
“I will admit the turning point of that match was the penalty miss. At that stage we were all over them and their body language showed they were rattled,” Dungi told the Siya crew.
“However, you cannot blame Tokelo for the miss. It could have happened to any player. He played well and even the goal scored by Bafana he contributed in making it. My advice to Shakes is to play him in our next match against Senegal because if he is benched it would be a sign of condemnation, ” concluded Dungi.
His sentiments were echoed by his former Pirates and Bafana teammate, Mkhalele.
“The penalty miss was a defining moment, however if we were to be honest, we created far more chances that we should have scored, but we didn’t, ” said Midnight Express.
“In a match you should accept that there are times where you will have to absorb pressure and defend.”
“When the equaliser was scored by our own defender, heads dropped which affected our defending. It was a beautiful match and the score doesn’t reflect the true game,” added the former Bafana winger.
Both legends concluded by advising Rantie to stay away from social media which has been abuzz with South Africans voicing their anger at the Bafana striker.
Rantie and his teammates will get a chance to redeem themselves when Bafana tackle Senegal in their next match on Friday, January 23.