Mathew Rusike

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Matthew Rusike
Matthew Rusike, Zimbabwean Football
Matthew Rusike
Born Matthew Tyrell Rusike
(1990-06-28) June 28, 1990 (age 26)
Education
Occupation
  • Footballer
Employer Helsingborgs IF
Known for playing for Jomo Cosmos, Kaizer Chiefs,
Notable work(s) Played for the Young Warriors
Parents Phillip Rusike, Sue Rusike

Matthew Rusike is a Zimbabwean footballer who plays as a midfielder and a striker. He currently plays for Helsingborgs IF in Sweden.[1]


Background

Rusike was born on the 28th of June 1990 to Phillip and Sue Rusike. His father was a Zimbabwean who owened a retail franchise while his mother was a South African hairdresser. He started playing soccer at an early age and enrolled at BN Academy, run by Bhekimpilo Nyoni. At the age of 16, he moved to Charlton Athletic in London, England.[2]


Education

Rusike attended [St. George's College]] in Harare where he he became on of the youngest players to play for the St. George's College soccer first team. He broke into the first team at the age of 15.[3]


Professional career

Monomotapa United

He left Charlton Athletic in 2009 after having work permit problems and returned to Zimbabwe where he joined the now defuct Monomotapa United. He won the league in his first year.

University of Pretoria

After winning the league title with Monomotopa, Rusike moved to South Africa where he joined University of Pretoria. While there, he contemplated quitting football after having disciplinary issues. While he was mulling quitting football to go to university, Jomo Sono came to his rescue. Sono asked Rusike to join him at his club Jomo Cosmos. Rusike agreed and the University of Pretoria released him from his contract.

Jomo Cosmos

Rusike joined Jomo Cosmos in the South African second tier, the National First Division and mahnaged to help them to secure promotion to the first tier Premier Soccer League. During this time Rusike excelled and soon he had many suitors including teams from South Africa, England, France and Belgium. Rusike won the 2011–2012 Ezenkosi Player of the Year getting 33.26% of the votes from fans.[4]. Rusike opted to join Kaizer Chiefs in South Africa.

Kaizer Chiefs

Rusike joined Kaizer Chiefs in 2012, and promptly showed his worth scoring a foal on debut against Bloemfontein Celtic, although Chiefs lost that game 4-3.[5]. On 22 April 2015, he scored two goals against Polokwane City which gave Kaizer Chiefs a 4–1 victory which crowned Chiefs as champions of the Premier Soccer League.[6]Rusike played his last match for Kaizer Chiefs on 9 May 2015 at the expiry of his contract. [7]

CD Nacional Madeira

After leaving Kaizer Chiefs, Rusike signed a two-year contract with Portugues club CD Nacional Madeira. However, he left the club without kicking the ball after contractual disputes a few weeks after signing. As a result, Rusike parted ways with Nacional and headed to Scandinavia.

Halmstads BK

On 24 July 2015, Rusike signed a one and half year deal with Swedish Club Halmstads. Rusike scored foour goals in 10 starts for Halmstads BK. When Halmstad was relegated from the Swedish Allsvenskan to the Superettan, Rusike became a free agent due to an option in his contract.[8]

Helsingborg IF

In January 2016, Rusike signed a three-year deal with Swedish Allsvenskan side Helsingborg IF.

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References

  1. HIF OCH MATTHEW RUSIKE BRYTER AVTALET‚ hif.se, 9 December 2016
  2. http://www.thestandard.co.zw/2013/06/02/matthew-rusike-opens-lid-to-his-life/
  3. http://www.thestandard.co.zw/2013/06/02/matthew-rusike-opens-lid-to-his-life/
  4. siwengu.com/2012/05/31/matthew-rusike-has-been-voted-ezenkosis-player-of-the-year-by-the-clubs-fans-for-season-2011-2012/?cbg_tz=-480
  5. http://www.sowetanlive.co.za/sport/2012/10/15/celtic-are-macufe-kings
  6. http://www.kickoff.com/mobile/news/54763/psl-absa-premiership-kaizer-chiefs-4-1-polokwane-city
  7. http://www.kickoff.com/mobile/home
  8. Matthew Rusike set for Swedish switch following Halmstads BK relegation,Financial Gazette, published: 8 Jan 2016,retrieved:23 Dec 2016"