Hwange demand R2m for Rusike

HARARE - Hwange are demanding a reported R2 million fee to allow striker Evans Rusike to move to South African Premiership side Maritzburg United.

Rusike, who was among the 11 Soccer Stars for the 2014 season, travelled to South Africa two weeks ago for a trial with the Team of Choice.

The Warriors forward impressed new Maritzburg coach Mandla Ncikazi, who is eager to sign the Hwange player to replace his compatriot Terrence Mandaza, who was released at the end of the season.

Maritzburg initially spotted Rusike during the Cosafa Senior Challenge Cup in South Africa in May when he starred for the Warriors.

The Team of Choice invited the 23-year-old for a 10-day trial at the start of this month which result in him missing the second leg of Zimbabwe’s African Nations Championship qualifier away to Comoros earlier this month.  

The price tag placed on the player by Hwange is now the only sticking point dragging the negotiations for the deal sail through.

The coal miners’ unwillingness to budge can be understandable considering Rusike has been their best player in the last two seasons.

This season, Rusike is their leading goal scorer with four league goals after 16 matches.

Hwange are currently floating above the relegation zone in 11th place on the log with 16 points.

Only one point separates the coal miners with Tsholotsho, who occupy the last relegation spot.

If Hwange are to survive relegation, Rusike’s goals will have play a huge impact in the second half of the season.

Hwange will only be tempted to release the forward for a substantial fee hence their stance on the hefty R2 million price tag for Rusike.

If the deal materialises, this will make Rusike one of Zimbabwe most expensive exports to the South African Absa Premeirship.

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