ZIMBABWE international striker Evans Rusike is a hot property in South Africa with his club Maritzburg United having reportedly turned down two aproaches for the striker including one from Kaizer Chiefs.
By Tafadzwa Ndiraire
The Zimbabwean striker set the South African scene alight after netting nine goals to keep the Team of Choice in the top-flight league this past season.
However, according to Kick Off, Maritzburg are desperate to avoid a repeat of the relegation struggles and have decided to keep hold of their star players.
That means an initial bid from Chiefs has been rejected. Rusike has been in sparkling form since joining the South African side from Hwange. And he was rewarded by Warriors coach Kalisto Pasuwa who called him up for the Warriors 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Swaziland and Malawi. He was one of the goal scorers in the Warriors 4-0 hammering of Swaziland at the National Sports Stadium on Easter Monday.
Mamelodi Sundowns’ interest in Rusike’s team mate Deolin Mekoa has also been rebuffed.
Another player likely to stay is Kurt Lentjies. The midfielder was reportedly unhappy with the club’s initial offer, wanting a two-year deal rather than a one-year extension, and rumours has it that Maritzburg are playing ball and will give him just that.