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Comitis: Rantie might be ready to face Chiefs

Tokelo Rantie celebrates his goal which gave Bafana Bafana the lead in their match against Nigeria. (Gallo Images)
Tokelo Rantie celebrates his goal which gave Bafana Bafana the lead in their match against Nigeria. (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Cape Town City chairman John Comitis says the club are working around the clock to get new signing Tokelo Rantie fit and he could feature against Kaizer Chiefs.

The 27-year-old signed for the Citizens on the transfer deadline day and his chairman is hopeful he will be ready to make his debut against Amakhosi after the international break.

Benni McCarthy's side will welcome the Soweto giants at Cape Town Stadium on September 15 as the two teams look to improve on their slow start to the new Premiership season.

While City have managed to book a place in the final of the MTN8 competition, the club have struggled to grind out results in the league and will now look to the former Bournemouth striker to solve their goal-scoring problems.

The Citizens are winless in their last three league games.

"Realistically we are probably looking at four weeks to get him fully match-fit, but we are really hopeful that he will be involved in some way against Kaizer Chiefs,” Comitis told SowetanLive website.

“That is obviously down to the coach and his thinking‚ but we are working towards that.

“Benni made it clear to me that if we want to land a striker to solve our scoring woes, then Rantie was the one, so I have persevered with that for six months and finally we have him here.

“It is certainly not something that happened last minute, even if it looks like that. I also said to Tokelo that I was not interested in a one-season deal with him.

“I am trying to build a club with a vision for the future and have a responsibility to the people of Cape Town, so he must want to be part of that.

“He was very enthusiastic about buying into what we are looking to achieve at City in the long-term and that is why he has signed a three-year deal.”

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