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Rayners Discusses Potential ‘Big Club’ Move

Stellenbosch and Bafana Bafana forward Iqraam Rayners says it would be premature to state whether he wants to leave the club in the off-season.

Rayners, 28, has scored 32 goals with 11 assists in 53 games in all competitions since returning to the club from SuperSport United.

He was linked with a potential move to the Saudi Pro League with Abha Club in January and it’s likely that interest will be pouring into the club over the next few weeks.

“I don’t know yet, I haven’t made up my mind yet, I can only think about that after Bafana camp, what will happen, but I need to return to Stellenbosch, so whatever comes my way, I will be happy,” Rayners said when asked if he’s open to joining the ‘bigger clubs’ in South African football.

“But firstly I need to focus on my team and speak to management, if there’s offers then maybe they will know, but if I have something to say about teams that want me, I’ll go to and ask them what’s the situation because I still have a contract at Stellenbosch.”

Despite missing out on CAF Champions League football on the final day of the season, the 2023/24 season marked a historic campaign for the club.

Rayners was instrumental in their first-ever qualification for the Confederation Cup and winning the Carling Knockout title, and he admits he would be open to remaining at the club should no offers be forthcoming and lead their youthful squad next season.

“For us to play CAF at Stellenbosch I will also be happy to stay, so whatever comes my way… the team we have too is also a great team but for me to go the CAF [competitions] it’s a good opportunity for the younger players also from Stellenbosch,” he added.

“They can also show their qualities, their ability to play in CAF at the age of 22, 21 [years old].”

Rayners was called up as one of two strikers alongside Foster as Bafana prepare to face Nigeria and Zimbabwe in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.