Rusike has now scored three goals in four matches since joining Halmstads in the off-season
Former Kaizer Chiefs forward Matthew Rusike bagged a first-half brace in the Swedish top-flight albeit in a losing cause as his Halmstads side went down 4-2 to teenage star Tino Kadewere’s Djurgarden on Saturday evening.
The 25-year-old netted after 32 minutes to cancel out Djurgarden’s early lead before putting Halmstads temporarily in front 10 minutes later.
Rusike’s heroics ultimately proved futile however, as the home side took all the points points on offer during a match in which Zimbabwe youth international Kadewere was introduced as a substitute in the 83rd minute for his Djurgarden debut.
Djurgarden were without top-scoring centre-forward Nyasha Mushekwi whose six-month loan spell expired last week. Reeports suggest that the the Swedish outfit have opened negotiations with Mamelodi Sundowns for a permanent switch.
Mushekwi scored 12 goals in 21 appearances for Djurgarden in a run of form that saw him also attract interest from several European clubs, according to media reports.
In Belgium, in-form Knowledge Musona missed KV Oostende’s 2-0 home loss to Zulte- Waregen after being slapped with a two-match ban for a rough tackle during the 3-1 win over giants Anderlecht two weeks ago.