Absa Premiership

Matthews: Rusike could be one of the greats

2018-02-01 15:46
Evans Rusike (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - New SuperSport United striker Evans Rusike has all the makings of a great striker, said club CEO Stan Matthews after the Zimbabwean was unveiled on Tuesday.

Rusike, who has already scored seven league goals - for former club Maritzburg United - is seen as a direct replacement for New Zealander Jeremy Brockie, who jumped ship earlier this month to Mamelodi Sundowns.

"We have been watching Evans with great interest over the last few years at Maritzburg," Matthews said in a statement.

"He has all the makings of a great striker with blistering pace, great skill and he can finish in the box," said Matthews.

The player was equally impressed with his new club, and believed it was the perfect launch pad to get him to Europe.

"SuperSport is a great club. They have achieved a lot in their short history, especially in the cups," he said.

"They have also shown that they can get players to Europe and it remains my dream to play in Europe"

The 27-year-old Rusike has been a crucial player for Maritzburg United ever since joining from Zimbabwean outfit Hwange FC at the beginning of the 2015-16 season.

In his first season at the club, he was crucial in securing his club's surival. He memorably netted a late brace against Jomo Cosmos on the final day of the season which saw his club survive, having been rooted to the foot of the table the entire campaign.

Writing on Instagram, Rusike thanked his former club as he bid farewell.

"I want to take this opportunity to thank the Maritzburg United family for the opportunity you gave me to showcase my talent God gave me," he wrote.

"But the same God also has time for things to happen. And I appreciate every second I spent with you guys. God bless you, and all the best for the rest of the season," Rusike wrote.

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