Matthew Rusike arrived at Naturena three years ago as a player with huge potential, after shining under Jomo Sono at Jomo Cosmos. He later found out how tough it was to break into the starting XI at Kaizer Chiefs, and is yet to stamp his name on the team sheet.
What may be his best asset could be his biggest downfall at Chiefs. Naturally Rusike is very athletic and can play either as a winger or as a striker. At face value one would think this would be to his benefit, but at a club like Chiefs there is competition in all departments. This could be the reason why he still hasn’t managed to become a first team regular.
In this week’s edition of Soccer Laduma, Rusike speaks about the competition he faces and explains what type of player he is.
“For me, I am not really a striker. I am a wide player. You can call me a utility player, you know. I do what the coach wants me to do and make sure I contribute to the team. Competing with any player in the squad, whether it be Katlego Mphela as a striker, George Lebese on the wing or Bernard Parker upfront, betters me as a player,” he said.
He also mentioned that he learns from the elder statesmen in the team and that their experience will help him improve.
“These are experienced campaigners like Mphela. I used to watch him before I was even a professional player and now I am competing with him. He is a fantastic guy. All the guys are fantastic. You know Mphela, Parker and Josta Dladla, they help you along the way. They give some guidance, but at the end of the day I compete with them. It makes me a better player for the team,” he added.
Reflecting on Rusike’s sentiments, do you think he could still become a big part of Chiefs' future?