Even though this season the Zimbabwean international has struggled to replicate the same scintillating form he was in last season, one that saw him earn rave reviews hence attracting huge interest, he remains an important player to United.
By Carlo Chikomba
This point could not have been amplified further by Maritzburg United as they have moved to secure the services of the 26 year-old on a longer term deal after triggering the two-year option on his contract to tie him down until June 2019, the club announced.
This latest development comes hot on the heels of rumours that have been doing the rounds linking Rusike with a move to Soweto giants Orlando Pirates.
However, club Chairman Farook Kadodia told reporters on Monday that there was no truth in the reports, saying they have not been in talks with the Buccaneers.
Kaizer Chiefs were also believed to be keen on the Zimbabwean frontman last season, but their interests appear to have cooled after the KwaZulu Natal outfit decided against selling their top striker.
Rusike is thrilled to have been given another opportunity to keep improving his game at Maritzburg and the forward duly expressed his gratitude to the club.
“I was happy to join the club last season and help to survive relegation. Now that the club has exercised the option, I have to stay focused. I have a job here. It’s an opportunity for me to keep improving on my game,” Rusike told the club’s website.
As if that alone was not enough to ward off interest from other clubs, Maritzburg United marketing and communications manager Brian Zuma further stressed that Rusike was not for sale.
“Evans is our property and we’re still expecting a lot from him. He is not for sale until the time is right, and if and when that happens, proper channels will have to be followed.” Said Zuma
He went on to state that proper channels will have to be followed should any of the PSL teams show interest in their prized striker.