Baxter heaps praise on Rusike
Posted: 3 March 2014 Time: 01:28 pm
Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has heaped praise on Matthew Rusike after he got on the scoresheet against Liga Muculmana.
Baxter brought Rusike on to replace Kingston Nkhatha with 17 minutes left at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday and the 23-year-old sent a powerful drive into the back of the net from just outside the box in the 80th minute.
It was a confident, composed finish from the Harare-born attacker, who showed quickness of foot and excellent technique to drive the ball into the bottom-left corner.
"I'm always happy when anybody finds the net but Matthew is a good lad and he has improved a lot over the last year or so," says Baxter.
"He has done immensely well. He comes to training with a great attitude and he never complains. He is a good teammate to other lads as well even while on the bench. He does sit on the stands, but he never loses what we want from him and I don't get any downbeat [vibes] out of that from him.
Baxter continues: "And when he goes on the field, he is wee bit calmer than he was before. I think when he came on before he was very stressed and hectic. He didn't really think about his role.
"But I thought for the short time that he was on [against Muculmana], he carried out his role to perfection. We we get him into that position of scoring chances, he is a good finisher.
"I was delighted for Matthew and delighted for the team as well – delighted when Tower [Mathoho] scored at the back post with the angle wide-gaping.
"It was Mathoho's birthday and he kept his head firm and controlled to get that goal and he was a very happy young man, and I'm extremely proud of him."