Mamelodi Sundowns has terminated its contract with striker, Tokelo Rantie, with immediate effect.
The former Bafana Bafana international and Bournemouth striker had gone AWOL for a month and following an internal disciplinary process, the Club terminated his contract.
Rantie was signed by the Brazilians after spending a lengthy period of over two and half months on trial at Chloorkop as he was given a chance to regain his fitness and showcase the talent he possesses.
Despite the faith shown in him by Head Coach Pitso Mosimane and his Technical team, Rantie’s discipline let him down and he failed to grab the opportunity granted to him, especially since the Brazilians were needing a goal-poacher of his calibre, considering that many of the strikers in the squad had been injured at some time or another.
Yogesh Singh, the Club’s Legal Executive confirmed the termination and said ” The standard at Sundowns is high for a professional footballer and there is a zero-tolerance for ill-discipline. Of course, players are human and we will first go through counseling to correct a player’s behavior but there is a line and when that is crossed we do not compromise the dressing-room for any individual player.”
During the past few seasons, the Premiership champions have cracked the whip on ill-disciplined players and has released players including Musi Mashaba and Siyabonga Zulu, amongst others.
The 29-year-old Rantie joined Sundowns in September as a free agent but failed to make any official starts for the Brazilians.