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Maritzburg United striker Evan Rusike in demand from 'big clubs' PSL transfer news

Posted: 26 May 2016 Time: 10:51

Maritzburg United's Player of the Season Evans Rusike has attracted interest from "big clubs" in the country, according to Team of Choice chairman Farook Kadodia.

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Rusike initially struggled when he arrived at United at the beginning of the campaign from Zimbabwean side Hwange FC.

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However, the 25-year-old hit his stride under Ernst Middendorp and landed up netting nine league goals, including the relegation-defying brace against Jomo Cosmos on the final day of the season.

"I must confirm that we had approaches from big clubs from South Africa and people who thought we will be relegated," says Kadodia.

"It took a while for him to settle. It took us at least four months. But we have made a decision and we will not sell our players and break up the team.

"If there is a situation of any other player we will look at it and it will all depend on circumstances. On Rusike’s case we had to be patient with him to settle down for four months and the current coach got the best out of him.

"We have definitely acknowledged that and we would like the coach to get more out of him before we put him into the international market.

"He is happy to stay," Kadodia adds of the powerful striker.

Meanwhile, Kadodia confirmed Ghanaian hitman Mohammed Anas has been transfer-listed. Anas won the club's top scorer award last term, but his form dropped following the passing of his mother earlier this season.

On-loan defenders Kwanda Mngonyama and Thamsanqa Teyise will also return to Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United respectively.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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