Maritzburg United's Andrea Fileccia knew he'd emerge from Evans Rusike's shadow
Posted: 3 May 2018 Time: 17:00
Maritzburg United striker Andrea Fileccia says he knew what he was capable of and was never interested in filling the shoes of targetman Evans Rusike.
Rusike was Maritzburg's go-to man upfront prior to his move to SuperSport United in January, having scored 21 goals in 80 appearances in a two-and-a-half year spell with the Team of Choice.
When Rusike left for SuperSport, club chairman Farook Kadodia challenged Fileccia and Mohau Mokate to show their worth upfront, with the Belgian in particular stepping up to the plate.
Fileccia has scored nine goals in 24 appearances this season for the Nedbank Cup finalists, having been deployed down the right channel in a system that allows midfielders such as Siphesihle Ndlovu, Lebogang Maboe and Fortune Makaringe to attack space in the final third.
“Since the beginning of the season I was feeling well and I was just waiting for my time,” Fileccia tells KickOff.com.
“I just wanted to get my chance and then when that came I said, ‘It is up to you’. And when I played, I scored and I’m still scoring goals.
“For me it was nothing new because I knew myself what I can do the time that I’m going to play. When you are not playing you cannot show what you can do,” adds Fileccia, who has endured his fair share of injuries since starting his PSL tenure in August 2014 with Free State Stars.
Fileccia, whose two-year contract with Maritzburg is expiring next month, is unsure about his future.
“I don’t know anything yet. You’ve got to talk to the chairman and me I don’t know. My contract is finishing at the end of the season,” says the 26-year-old.
“So far they haven’t said if I’m staying or not. Me, I don’t know.
“But I’m focused on the league and the Nedbank Cup final coming up. There’ll be time to talk about that. For now I don’t wanna focus on that but only on my football and trying to make history at the club.”
Maritzburg will hope to win their first trophy when they battle Ea Lla Koto in the Nedbank Cup final at Cape Town Stadium on May 19.
Fadlu Davids' side will first conclude their Absa Premiership campaign at home against Golden Arrows on May 12 at Harry Gwala Stadium.
Currently fourth on the table, Maritzburg are well on track to better their best-ever seventh-placed finish in the league last term.