NOT MATCH READY: City new boy Tokelo Rantie. Photo: SYDNEY MAHLANGU/BACKPAGEPIX
NOT MATCH READY: City new boy Tokelo Rantie. Photo: SYDNEY MAHLANGU/BACKPAGEPIX
Siphelele Mthembu. Photo: CHRIS RICCO/BACKPAGEPIX
Siphelele Mthembu. Photo: CHRIS RICCO/BACKPAGEPIX

Cape Town City won’t have new signing Tokelo Rantie ready to take on Kaizer Chiefs this weekend.

Bafana Bafana striker Rantie is short of game time after being released from his Turkish club Genclerbirligi before the end of the European transfer window.

But City boss Benni McCarthy is keen to see his former Orlando Pirates strike partner in action in the near future after the club announced his signing two weeks ago.

Benni says: “He was a former teammate of mine.

"I know his capabilities when he is at his best, when he is fit.

“He hit a little bit of a rough patch but everybody does that in life.”

Benni can turn to two former Amakhosi hitmen in Siphelele Mthembu and Matthew Rusike to lead the line.

The pair were at the Soweto giants concurrently in the 2014/ 2015 season, when Chiefs won the PSL title and they will probably have a point to prove.

Also expected to be out of action for the PSL clash at Cape Town Stadium this Saturday is influential midfielder Roland Putsche.

The Austrian was injured in a nasty clash with Free State Stars captain Paulus Masehe in a 2-2 PSL draw on August 28.

He has returned to training but is still feeling the effects.

Benni will look to Thabo Nodado, himself coming back from injury in the MTN8 semifinal away leg at Maritzburg United, to man the midfield alongside the likes of Mpho Matsi and Teko Modise.

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