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Rantie Withdrawal Leaves Shakes Slim In Attack

AFC Bournemouth striker Tokelo Rantie has withdrawn from the Bafana Bafana squad, which means Shakes Mashaba now has only one out-and-out striker in the squad.

Read: Mashaba: Fans In For A Real Treat

The 25-year-old reportedly picked up the injury during training with his club.

According to an official statement from Bafana, "Striker Tokelo Rantie has withdrawn from the team after suffering a recurring thigh injury which has sidelined him from Bournemouth's squad in the past few days."

Rantie has had a tricky season after missing Bournemouth's start to the club’s first ever Premier League campaign due to a family bereavement.

The Mzansi forward has only featured in 23 minutes in the League Cup for the Cherries this season, but hasn’t played a league match since last linking up with the national team in September.

No replacement will be called up for the games against Costa Rica and Honduras.

Read: Do Or Die For Rantie?

As a result of Rantie's withdrawal, Mashaba now has only one out-and-out striker in the squad. However, Thamsanqa Gabuza will only arrive on the morning of the game against Costa Rica.

Sibusiso Vilakazi and Thulani Serero are the other two players listed as forwards in the Bafana squad.

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