Bafana Bafana striker, Tokelo Rantie, has admitted he takes “full responsibility” for his missed penalty against Algeria and revealed he took the ball because he was full of confidence.
The 24-year-old, who was Bafana’s leading scorer in the AFCON qualifying campaign with four strikes, stepped up to take a penalty against Africa’s number one ranked side, but missed the chance to make it 2-0 for Bafana.
Following the missed spot kick, Algeria found better into the game and their three goals-comeback, ended Shakes Mashaba's 10-game unbeaten run.
“I take full responsibility,” he told SAFA media.
“When we were awarded the penalty I just went for the ball as I felt very confident and did not even think I could miss it.
“I am very disappointed that it did not go in but as we all know it can happen to anyone in the game. No person steps up to take the penalty to miss.
“I am trying hard not to dwell on it because it will not help me move forward when I am given another chance to play.”
The Bournemouth striker also insisted that he has put the costly miss behind him and is looking forward to repay the faith of his coach and teammates in the next match against Senegal.
“The penalty issue is gone and it’s time to move on. I am also glad I have teammates who understand that it could also happen to anyone. They didn’t criticise me even though they are disappointed that I did not score,” Rantie added.
“If I take all the negativity of missing the penalty into the next match I will be failing my teammates and the whole squad as I will not be able to perform to the best of my abilities.
“Stressing about the penalty won’t help anyone. I just need to be mentally strong. But I am very excited about the next game. That is my focus right now.”