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."

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala

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posted: 2014-03-03 11:38:48

Uqhamukaphi lo Iron-Duke Madlala wakhona?

posted: 2014-03-03 11:44:37

mara Rusike, angikamthembi kahle, though use improvile, i saw him on Leopard game.... i think he got confidence, but before he tried hard to be a team player, if u r a striker must be greedy 1 time.

posted: 2014-03-03 11:50:10

@SphaMtolo, what kind of english is this, "though use improvile"?

posted: 2014-03-03 11:59:10


its not English, its Zulu. he meant "he has improved"

Zico Downs African Champ
posted: 2014-03-03 12:00:26

Those wrinkles?! Dried fruit lento. Never 23 yrs old mxm!

posted: 2014-03-03 12:01:23

I also see a good strong player on Him. I see trouble on the striking department for others. this guy came in on the previous match and have a strong run and he strikes the ball hard. The more time he gets he will be dangerous. Give him more time Mr. Baxter you will ripe the great fruits in him. I don't want to compare him with any1 but WOOOW that strong run. for me I'm impressed even his goal its not just a goal. C-L-A-S-S. Persistence pays. Good luck boy

posted: 2014-03-03 12:02:01

Im also proud of u stuart Baxter!!! although Im afraid european teams might "poach" u Keep on winning!!!

posted: 2014-03-03 12:03:21

Chillanathi  SignClowns want to buy Baxter and loan him back to Naturena - so that he doesn't coach when we play against them lol

Jay Bee
posted: 2014-03-03 12:03:25

The one thing I like is that ALL (except the injured Jambo) our players have been involved in official games, ALL OF THEM! That is a positive cause it means any player would be ready to deliver for the team should the need arise! We have a nice and compact squad of 27, and we doing wonders, while Pierats have a massive 37 players and their ship is traveling in stormy seas!

posted: 2014-03-03 12:03:55

Chillanathi  i feel the same as well, if he can continue at the pace his going, he might even coach Bafana again or go coach one of the teams in England

posted: 2014-03-03 12:04:37

Jay Bee Not to mention those clowns from DomKop who have a squad of 836 players and 49 assistant coaches

posted: 2014-03-03 12:05:11

I always maintained that this boy is good. I think he plays better from the wings coz I don't think he can handle pressure of being a striker at Chiefs since they are all doing so well and are experienced

Jay Bee
posted: 2014-03-03 12:05:56

spice....yet they struggle to keep up with us!

Donald Duck
posted: 2014-03-03 12:06:46

That's how a no 10 plays, not that nonsense from Sifiso Myeni, I am so glad he didn't join chiefs!

Double Champ DD

posted: 2014-03-03 12:06:53

Jay Bee spice We're showing them: It's not about the quantity but the quality of the squad. Shaaaaapa Khosi Shaaapa

posted: 2014-03-03 12:09:23

"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.".....Majoro can learn something out of this 23 year old.

Soccer fanatic
posted: 2014-03-03 12:09:45

All the negatives Baxter listed above describes Major's attitude in the team. What he praised Rusike for not doing is all what was done by Major.

Chamahiya 10
posted: 2014-03-03 12:13:10

I think the reason Kaizer Junior retired was to pave way for promising acts such as these . . .. .  I applaud Baxter's decision to ease the lad into the team other than throwing him into the deep end like what the previous coaches did with Masango and Lebese, once they have 2 bad games they lose their confidence. He does look a fit lad and very hungry . . . . we can only hope for the best . . . #RiseKhosiRise

posted: 2014-03-03 12:15:05

Soccer fanatic That is very true Khosi - And some rodents will think we say this just because Majoro is now a rodent!

Nale did the same and he was let go! Majoro did this and we let him go!

posted: 2014-03-03 12:15:49

Hai my chief, I still don't get wat they see in Myeni yazi... Its been over a year since we were promised that he is goin to skin our defenders alive

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