Rantie: Jali one of SA's best ever
Tokelo Rantie says Andile Jali deserves a move overseas as he’s an outstanding player.
JOHANNESBURG - AFC Bournemouth striker Tokelo Rantie has told Sports Talk on 702 and 567 Cape Talk that Andile Jali's move to Belgian club KV Oostende will see one of the country's top talents reach his full potential.
The Bournemouth striker was speaking exclusively to Sports Talk from England on Sunday.
The 23 year old midfielder's move from Orlando Pirates was confirmed over the weekend, with Oostende saying he was their biggest ever signing.
Rantie, speaking after his club was knocked out of the FA Cup by Liverpool, said this move is a big opportunity for Jali.
"I have been waiting for that for quite some time. He deserves it. To me he's one of the best players South Africa has ever produced."
Rantie says that Jali's move will only serve to improve the national cause and help develop him as a player.
"I'm happy because of all the experience that he's going to gain. Where he is now will benefit the national team."
Meanwhile, Rantie has voiced his support for national coach Gordon Igesund, despite Bafana Bafana's recent embarrassing exit in the group stages of the 2014 CHAN tournament.
It was a performance that saw the Minister of Sport, Fikile Mbalula, brand them as "useless" and "a bunch of losers".
But Rantie says Igesund is clearly the best man for the job.
"With all the hard work that the coach has been doing, you just can't give him enough credit. I personally believe that soon things will turn out for us in a good way and satisfy the fans.
"We always want to do our best for the national team and I think having enough support on our side can help us turn things around. I don't think it's a matter of us changing certain things with the team, critics must just stop. We need to support the national team 100 percent."
Rantie says that while CHAN was disappointing, it was a valuable learning experience.
"As much as everyone is disappointed with the way the team played during the CHAN tournament, I think we actually need to look at the positives. We need support, we can't just do it overnight."