Tafadzwa Rusike

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Tafadzwa Rusike
Tafadzwa Rusike, Zimbabwean Footballer
Tafadzwa Rusike
BornTafadzwa Paul Rusike
(1989-05-07)May 7, 1989
Alaska Mine, Chinhoyi
EducationAlaska Secondary School
EmployerZesco United (Zambia)
Known forPlaying for the Zimbabwe National Football Team

Tafadzwa Paul Rusike is a professional footballer who once played for CAPS United Football Club, Dynamos Football Club and the Zimbabwe National Soccer Team as a midfielder. He signed for Zesco United in Zambia on 4 January 2020 after leaving another Zambian team, Zanaco.[1]


Tafadzwa Paul Rusike was born on 7 May 1989 at Alaska Mine Hospital in Chinhoyi in a family of 5.


Rusike attended school at Alaska Primary School and Alaska Secondary School which are under Alaska Mining Company.

Professional career

Tafadzwa Rusike started his football career at Alaska Lions a team that was in Division 2 of the ZIFA Northern Region when he was doing his secondary education at Alaska Secondary School.

In 2008 he was then signed by the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League club CAPS United Football Club in January 2008 where he became an integral part of CAPS United Football Club after being spotted by Moses Chunga.

He then signed for Ajax Cape Town in 2010 [2] when CAPS United sold a lot of players to the ABSA Premiership and he made his first appearance in August 2010 in a 2-0 win against Bloemfontein Celtic.

Rusike spent 3 years in the ABSA premiership with Ajax and his 2012-13 season was affected by a lot of injuries, with Ajax struggling in that season.

In October 2012 Rusike also went for trials at Oud-Hesterlee Leuven in Belgium but the transfer failed to materialise with his alleged role in the Asiagate match-fixing scandal.

Rusike was offloaded by Ajax Cape Town in June 2013 [3] after being deemed as 'excess' after Ajax struggled in the ABSA Premiership.

After spending a whole year without a club, Rusike then came back to Zimbabwe and joined Dynamos Football Club on a 1-year contract on 3 January 2014.[4]

Rusike became an important figure in the Dynamos team and helped them win the TM Challenge Cup and the league title under Callisto Pasuwa.[5]

He had a stint with Progresso Associação do Sambizanga in Angola in 2014 and 2015. Rusike returned home again where he joined the Green Machine for a second spell in 2016.

In 2016, Rusike helped CAPS United win the league title, their first in 11 years before joining Zambian side ZANACO between 2017 and 2019.[6]

Rusike returned to Zimbabwe and trained with CAPS United in February 2023 after the expiry of his contract with ZESCO United in 2022.[7]

National Team

Rusike made his debut for Zimbabwe on 17 October 2009 under coach Sunday Chidzambwa. By 7 September 2021, he had made 22 appearances and had scored 2 goals.

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Asiagate Scandal Involvement

Tafadzwa Rusike was part of the infamous Asiagate Scandal and was summoned to pay a fine of US$2000 together with other players who were involved in the match fixing scandal such as Gilbert Mapemba, Ocean Mushure, Chris Samakwere and administrators and other individuals involved in the Asiagate match-fixing scandal.[9]


  1. [1], The Chronicle, Published: January 4, 2020, Retrieved: January 7, 2020
  2. Petros Kausiyo, Tafadzwa Rusike starts club hunting, The Herald, Published: 14 June 2013, Retrieved: 7 October 2014
  3. Petros Kausiyo, Tafadzwa Rusike starts club hunting, The Herald, Published: 14 June 2013, Retrieved: 7 Oct 2014
  4. Eddie Chikamhi, Rusike signs 1 year deal, The Herald, Published 4 Jan 2014, Retrieved: 7 Oct 2014
  5. TM Challenge Cup report: Dynamos 4-1 Highlanders., Soccer24.co.zw, Published: 6 Sept 2014, Retrieved: 24 Sept 2014
  6. Tadious Manyepo, Rusike’s promising career that delivered little, The Herald1, Published: 23 December 2020, Retrieved: 28 February 2023
  7. Tafadzwa Rusike training with local side after returning home from Zambia, Soccer241, Published: 23 February 2023, Retrieved: 28 February 2023
  8. , TAFADZWA RUSIKE,Transfer Market, retrieved:25 Jun 2015"
  9. Brian Nkiwane, ZIFA cashes in on Asigate, The Standard, Published: 6 January 2013, retrieved: 7 October 2014

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