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30 Apr 2015
10:33 am

Shakes praises Rantie, Chiefs


Bafana Bafana head coach Shakes Mashaba congratulated AFC Bournemouth in England where striker Tokelo Rantie plys his trade, for gaining automatic promotion into the English Premier League.

FILE PICTURE: Shakes Mashaba addresses the media. Picture: Refilwe Modise

The Bafana mentor also sent a congratulatory message to Kaizer Chiefs for winning this season’s Premier League title. The Cherries, as AFC Bournemouth are commonly known, defeated Bolton 3-0 on Monday night to cement second spot in the Championship. Third-placed Middlesbrough will need to overcome a goal difference of 19 to overtake them with just one match remaining.“Congrats to Rantie’s team. I am certain this is what they intended to achieve when the season started,” said Mashaba.

“I want to believe this is the start of new things for them. It also means they will have to work extra hard in the top tier. If getting the promotion was hard, then the next step and staying there will be even harder. A special mention goes to Rantie for the contribution he made to the club, hopefully his performance at the highest level will rub off when he comes to Bafana Bafana,” said Mashaba.

The coach was equally impressed with the way the AmaKhosi romped to the league title. Chiefs led the table from the third match and secured the league trophy with a 4-1 drubbing of Polokwane City last week. “Winning the league is one thing, but they won it with a number of games remaining in the season – that’s a great achievement,” said Mashaba. “One thing that worked for them was consistency. We would like to say a job well done to the chairman of the club Kaizer Motaung, the technical team, the players and in particular the captain

Tefu Mashamaite for guiding his teammates to this wonderful achievement.” He also pointed out such achievements can only work to the good of the national team. “This feat is very important for every player’s mental strength. In both cases it sends a good message to other teams that nothing beats hard work.”