AFC Bournemouth’s South African striker, Tokelo Rantie, was crowned an Allsvenskan champion in Sweden this weekend.
The 23-year-old, who is still waiting to get his first goal for the Cherries, left England after the 2-0 defeat to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday to attend Malmo FF’s final game of the season against Syrianska.
The Swedish club had already secured the Swedish league title the week before with a win over Elfsborg, and with Rantie having scored seven goals for Di Blae before leaving for the UK, they had asked him to return to collect his medal.
Speaking to Skanska Dagbladet he said, “I was very happy when they wanted me to come here to celebrate. It shows that they really appreciate what I've done for the team. It's a great thing for me to be invited for this kind of moment. They have made me a part of the team, part of the family, and that I will carry with me for life. I will never forget.”
Rantie has followed in the footsteps of fellow Stars of Africa Academy graduate, May Mahlangu, who won the Allsvenskan title with Helsingborgs IF in 2011.
While the striker is yet to find the back of the net for Bournemouth in the current campaign, he has created goals and has been the subject of praise from head coach, Eddie Howe.
By Joe Crann
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