Rusike all set to face Pirates

Rusike, who scored on debut for the Citizens in a Nedbank Cup last 32 encounter against Bidvest Wits, injured his hamstring last month.

According to the club, the former Kaizer Chiefs and Jomo Cosmos forward has returned to full training and is ready to make a return to the pitch ahead of their Nedbank Cup last 16 clash against the Buccaneers on Wednesday (19h30).

Rusike’s ability to shield the ball and win aerial battles is just what City need to find a way past Pirates’ defenders.

This will certainly please coach Benni McCarthy, who has been struggling to find someone who can bang in the goals regularly. The likes of Judas Moseamedi and Nana-Akosah Bempah have not always taken the opportunities that have been given to them by their coach.

City, MTN8 finalists earlier this season, face a Pirates side that is rejuvenated under Serbian coach Micho Sredojevic.

The Buccaneers would love to finish the campaign on a high and win a first trophy since 2014 and a victory over the Citizens would edge them closer to glory. McCarthy’s boys, however, will not make it easy for them, as they are also eyeing the prize to end the campaign on a high.