Warriors comeback delights Rusike

HARARE - Ajax Cape Town midfielder Tafadzwa Rusike said he is happy to bounce back into the Warriors’ fold after an extended spell on the sidelines.

Rusike, who has seen very little playing time this season at his Super Diski club Ajax, is one of a number of players making an international comeback after getting a reprieve in the Asiagate match-fixing scam.

The 23-year old former CAPS United wizard was slapped with a one-year ban which was later wholly suspended on condition that he paid a fine of $2 000.

Rusike will complete his return in the international friendly match with Botswana this afternoon.

“I have been out for quite a long time and I am happy to play for my country again,” Rusike told the Daily News yesterday. “I have always wanted to represent my country but because of the Asiagate issue I couldn’t play.”

“But now that it’s over I am happy to be back and I am ready to work hard to earn a place in the team. There are a lot of good players and everyone is working hard, which is very encouraging.”

Rusike took the opportunity to praise the new Germany coach Klaus Pagels whom he described as a shrewd tactician.

“This is my first time working with him (Pagels) but so far I should say I am impressed with the way he is doing his stuff. I think he is really a good tactician.

“We are all focused on the Botswana match and we are taking it seriously. I am sure the future of the national team lies with these players and the only way we can reward our coaches’ faith in us is to win this game. There are a lot of talented youngsters in the team and we are looking forward to a positive result against Botswana.”

Rusike is currently negotiating a contract extension at Ajax but the midfielder said he is not yet ready to put pen to paper as he still feels he can still secure a deal in Europe.

The attacking midfielder is eying a move to Belgium.

“I am still at Ajax and they are saying if I don’t renew my contract then I won’t play. I didn’t get a lot of game time because of my contract’s issue and I am used as a substitute most of the time.” - Godknows Matarutse

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