Rusike eyeing an overseas move

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Zimbabwe under-23 striker and Jomo Cosmos winger Mathew Rusike just started his career in the PSL but he is already eyeing a move abroad.

“It’s no secret that I like most players here, want to play in Europe. My preferred destination would be England but we’ll see what happens at the end of the season,” he told PSL.co.za.

“Another reason why I joined Cosmos is because of Jomo. He has a record of selling players to overseas clubs,” he said of Sono, the club boss and coach who arranged for the likes of Mark Williams, Mark Fish and Aaron Mokoena to play overseas.

Rusike joined the University of Pretoria at the beginning of last season but was unhappy with the little game time he saw with the NFD side. For five months, he didn’t have a club.

“It was a very frustrating time for me especially after leaving Tuks, but the national under-23 side helped me through this. We played in Olympic qualifiers and a few friendlies and I kept fit. But I was speaking to Jomo already so I knew I was coming here towards the end of last year.”

Rusike started against Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns in the first two games of the second half of the Absa Premiership season.

His goal is to play in every game for Cosmos and to help them escape relegation, and after a man-of-the-match performance against Chiefs the Zimbabwean is certainly walking the talk.

“I have many goals to achieve and one of them is to help Cosmos stay in the Premiership. If I don’t perform I won’t get a move overseas and more importantly, Cosmos will struggle too. I’m not here to just play, I’m here for a cause and it is bringing out the best in me,” the 21-year old said.

“There is no doubt we can stay in the top flight. Our performance against Chiefs we really good and we lost it in the end,” he said of the 1-1 draw against the AmaKhosi .

“We gave Sundowns a run for their money and they have so many stars. I was really happy that we got a point against them and we have to take heart from these performances,” the former Monomotapa United Football Club

Cosmos is in 15th place with 11 points, one more than bottom side Black Leopards.