Rantsoti targets the golden boot

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Boy Rantsoti PHOTO: HANNES NAUDE

The University of the Free State Kovsies striker, Boy Rantsoti, will look to impressed in the remaining games of the 2022 Varsity Football.

Rantsoti – who started and scored goals against both UKZN and Wits – has been installed as the Blues’ first-choice striker.

This comes as the star marksman, Sello Diphoko, has left the team in order to further his studies and football career at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.

Diphoko left for the USA last week and up until his departure played a significant role in the Kovsies securing a place in the semi-finals.

Rantsoti told Bloemfontein Courant that while he has to fill the void left by Diphoko’s departure, it’s important to focus on his game and not what his now former teammate managed to achieve after the past few seasons.

“I’ve been waiting for this opportunity to start after having played the first four games from the bench,” said Rantsoti.

“Working my way to the starting XI is one of the factors that built my confidence. It shows that the coaches trust me and see the work rate that I have been putting in during the training sessions.

“I know a lot of people are saying that I’ve got big shoes to fill but that’s not on my mind because, if I want to do things that Sello Diphoko did, I might end up losing the form that I’m in. I’m going to play the way I play and help the team win all the remaining games.

“The mood in the camp is all about winning the competition and with Sello leaving, it is time for me to step up and help the team by scoring more goals. Who knows, maybe I end up winning the golden boot? It is also one of my goals that I want to achieve this year.”

Kovsies will face the Tshwane University of Technology on Thursday at Shimla Park in Bloemfontein. A win will secure the Free Staters a home semi-final in the competition. Kick-off for this game is at 17:00. – MORGAN PIEK