Middendorp backing for Rusike


Rusike, who joined the league strugglers from Hwange FC in July last year, has netted five goals in all competitions this season, three less than the team's top scorer Kurt Lentjies.

"I saw him in training for two or three days. For me it was very clear that he was a man that has to be given the entire confidence, and support. He was here for a long time, and he didn’t probably didn’t received the certain support," Middendorp said of Rusike to the club's website.

“It’s always about assessing and identifying what’s possible. It's normal, it's nothing. I hear other coaches are getting angry. But I see stuff different. If I see Evans being available in this position, and getting the support, I think he’s giving it all, and shows what type of striker he is – one of the most qualified in the league, there is no doubt about that,” added the German, who returned to United for a third stint in December after quitting Free State Stars.

Maritzburg, 2-0 victors over Golden Arrows last time out, next visit Chippa United on Saturday.

The Team of Choice are propping up the standings with 15 points from 21 games - five points shy of getting out of the relegation zone.