Rantie 'disappointed' after missing penalty
Bafana Bafana striker Tokelo Rantie says he takes full responsibility for the missed penalty shot.
JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana striker Tokelo Rantie says he is disappointed after missing the penalty that could have seen South Africa take a 2-0 lead against Algeria on Monday.
Algeria beat Bafana 3-1, including an own goal from defender Thulani Hlatshwayo, to win the match 1-3 in the opening clash of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Equatorial Guinea.
South Africa now has a mammoth task to win their remaining two games against Senegal on Friday and Ghana on Tuesday.
Rantie said he takes full responsibility for the missed penalty.
"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. 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."
He said their overall performance was impressive.
"We created a lot of chances and we could have wrapped it up before the end of the first half. The good thing is that we are creating chances, now we just need to convert them."
The striker admitted starting off with a loss puts a lot of pressure on Bafana even though they are left with two games.
"At the same time it can work as a positive because it can also give us the boost and the motivation going into the next game. I personally believe that we can get the remaining six points."
Rantie added that if he was given the chance to take the penalty again, he would take it.
"I know at the moment there is a lot of criticism for the miss, but it comes with the territory and as players we have to learn to accept that."
The striker also thanked South Africans for all the messages of good wishes and for all the support.