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Farouk Khan’s advice to unattached Surprise Ralani

Surprise Ralani’s former youth football coach, Farouk Khan, has sent heartfelt advice to the talented attacker.

Ralani is a product of the Stars of Africa football academy, which is owned by Khan and is based in Johannesburg.

The winger has been a free agent after parting ways with Cape Town Spurs, who were relegated from the DStv Premiership last season.

The reasons behind his exit from the club remain unclear to this day. He joined the Capetonians in the 2023/24 season to revive his career after he was released by Mamelodi Sundowns.

In December 2023, the winger was released by the Cape Town side and then was recalled back to the team after a few weeks. Four months later, in April 2024, CT Spurs let go of the talented winger for the second time, and since then, he’s been looking for a new home.

During his short stint at the club, Ralani made 14 appearances in all competitions. However, he failed to score a goal or provide an assist.

Surprise Ralani in action for Mamelodi Sundowns
Surprise Ralani in action for Mamelodi Sundowns

Abroad, he played for teams such as Landskhona BoIS and Helsingborg of Sweden, then had a stint with Danish’s Lyngby Boldklub.


Khan has advised Ralani to keep working hard on the side and never give up on playing football. He’s optimistic that soon a club will sign Ralani because of his talent.

“It’s painful to witness what he’s really going through at the moment. We all know that Ralani is a very talented and a good footballer,” Khan told FARPost.

“The guy has done it locally; he played at Cape Town City, and he played well for Mamelodi Sundowns. We’re talking about a quality player that has played abroad.

“What I can say to him is he needs to keep on working on a personal level; he mustn’t give up on playing football. I know one team will come knocking, needing his services. He should have his fitness levels up to standard when he returns to football.

“He’s talented, but age is not on his side, one thing for sure. I think he can give us a good one or two seasons. He’s the type of player that you don’t have to start him every match, but he will give you a good 20 to 30 minutes.”

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