Rusike: rebirth of a golden boy

HARARE - What a difference twelve months make.

This time last year, Tafadzwa Rusike, fresh from being offloaded by Ajax Cape Town in South Africa, looked a troubled soul and seemingly heading into obscurity, like many Zimbabwean footballers in his situation before him.

Upon returning home from South Africa mid-last year, Dynamos showed interesting in signing him during the Zimbabwean season’s mid-season transfer window.

Rusike’s handlers, however, had something in mind for him, but a proposed move to Belgium fell through and by the time they tried to offer him to Dynamos again, the window had already been closed.

So Rusike did not kick a ball for six months, only joining Castle Premiership champions Dynamos at the beginning of the current season.

Even though, there were some doubting whether he could ever return to his best.

Those views seemed justified at the beginning of the current season. Rusike was hit by injuries and thus limiting his effectiveness.

The former CAPS United and Ajax winger enjoyed little game time in the early stages of the season and had to be contend with a place on the bench. But the 25-year-old dribbling wizard, who can also be used as a playmaker, seems to be making up for the lost time.

Rusike, Zimbabwean football’s most exciting teenage talent when he arrived on the scene at CAPS in 2008, is beginning to play to his full potential again, catching the eye with impressive performances for the Harare giants.

His tireless work ethic and a willingness to chase almost every ball have become a hallmark of his play.

He was handed the man-of-the-match award for another captivating performance on the left wing of the Glamour Boys’ midfield as they trounced Highlanders 4-1 in the TM Pick n Pay Challenge Cup over the weekend.

Simba Sithole scored a brace while Roderick Mutuma and Washington Pakamisa chipped in with a goal each to complete the rout, with defender Felix Chindungwe getting the consolation for Bosso.

Rusike also put another stellar show as DeMbare dispatched How Mine 2-0 in the semi-final of the One Wallet Cup at Mandava last weekend.

On Saturday, Rusike illuminated the afternoon with his dribbling skill,s causing all sorts of problems for Bosso, which saw him walk away with $1000 in cash,  a$500 grocery voucher and $500 Adidas sports voucher.

“He is enjoying his game. He is one of the players we are looking up to at this crucial stage of the season,” Pasuwa said.

“It is the quality of what he does. He has always done something in a game that has been a benefit to us.”

Rusike said: “I am happy with my performance but credit to my teammates for their hard work. I hope to maintain my form and help the team win more things.”

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