Evans Rusike (left) isn't leaving Maritzburg United according to coach Fadlu Davids. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

DURBAN  The big guns will have to wait a little longer to secure the services of Maritzburg United’s top marksman Evans Rusike.

The Zimbabwean international is on the radar of Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United. He has been one of the most consistent players in the Absa Premiership this season, netting seven goals in 18 matches.

Rusike is second on the list of Premier Soccer League top scorers, two goals behind Polokwane City’s Rodney Ramagalela, who is leading the pack with nine strikes.

Maritzburg coach Fadlu Davids confirmed on Friday night after his side played to a 1-1 stalemate with Chippa United at Harry Gwala Stadium that Rusike would remain with the “Team of Choice”.

“The (transfer) window will be closing soon and he is here. He is not leaving. He will stay with us,” Davids stated.

SuperSport are in search of a striker after selling Jeremy Brockie to Mamelodi Sundowns. Bradley Grobler is still injured and SuperSport coach Eric Tinkler is only left with Kingston Nkhatha and the young Darren Smith up front.

Pirates’ administrative manager Floyd Mbele also expressed his desire to land a goal poacher.

Rusike helped the Team of Choice earn a point against Chippa on Friday. Mxolisi Macuphu netted the equaliser for the Chilli Boys.

“I thinks it was fantastic performance up until we conceded a goal,” Davids reflected after the match.

“We should have wrapped up the game in the first half.

“I wanted a good performance and I got a good performance. They had one moment where they had a penalty and that was the only danger in the first half. They got the penalty and we saved it.

“We gave the ball away and after that my players didn’t control their thinking. They thought that the three points were lost. There was still enough time to come back.

“They had opportunities after scoring the equaliser (in the second half) but we let them in the game. We have to work on that.”

Maritzburg blew the chance to go second on the log.

“It is two points lost. We had three points in the bag, the ball was flat and they wanted to kick it out but we have to support the youngstar (Rushine de Reuck). We have to lift his head because he is a fantastic player. He did a great job and moments like those do happen,” Davids elaborated.

Sunday Tribune

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