Rusike tipped for Cosmos greatness

South African Premiership side, Jomo Cosmos, has sung the praises of Zimbabwean youth international, Matthew Rusike, tipping him to achieve greatness at the club.

Matthew Rusike
Matthew Rusike

Lucky Mhlathe, the Johannesburg-based side’s communications manager, said despite the player not having opened his goal scoring account for the new season, he had contributed immensely to the team’s quest to move off the bottom of the table. “Rusike has been a revelation since joining us,” Mhlathe said of the player who joined Cosmos last season.

“It is unfortunate that his progress was curtailed by injury early in the season. But after recovering, he is acquitting himself well and one can see he wants to make a name for himself. I have no doubt he is destined for great things here.” The 21-year-old is one of Cosmos’ key players and a lot is expected from him this Absa Premiership season.

The club, owned by legendary South African football personality Jomo Sono, is bottom of the log eight games into the season after a nightmarish start.

Ahead of the resumption of the season, Rusike’s potential was highlighted when he was invited for trials at English Premiership side Bolton Wanderers. The stint however did not yield anything.

It was a major reversal in fortunes for the player Pretoria University dumped midway through the 2010/11 season. Rusike was raised in Zimbabwe but has a South African mother.

Meanwhile, Mhlathe confirmed Zimbabwean midfielder Alois Ngwerume had overcome his injury woes.

“He has recovered from a niggling back injury he suffered earlier in the season and is now available for selection,” the Cosmos official said.

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