Eric Tinkler: Evans Rusike the solution to SuperSport United's scoring problem

New Matsatsantsa forwards Rusike and Ngele could miss the team's Cup clash with Phunya Sele Sele

SuperSport United goalkeeper Eric Tinkler believes that Evan Rusike will end the club's misfortunes in front of goal.

The 27-year-old striker joined Matsatsantsa from Maritzburg United during the recent Transfer Window which closed earlier this week.

Rusike was the Team of Choice's star striker having scored seven goals in the PSL this season before securing a move to SuperSport.

On Saturday, the Zimbabwe international scored in his second match for Matsatsantsa as they defeated Bloemfontein Celtic 4-2 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.

“I think he can (solve the scoring problem), he has the ability and he has shown that he is a goal scorer and I think if we can get back to our ways, the brand of football that we play," Tinkler said on The Citizen.

Before facing struggling Celtic, Matsatsantsa had scored only two goals in four league games.

"I think he will score not just a few but many,” the former Cape Town City mentor said of Rusike who was brought in in the wake of Jeremy Brockie’s departure to Mamelodi Sundowns last month.

Botswana international Mogakolodi Ngele, who recently joined SuperSport from Sundowns on a short-term loan deal, also scored his first goal for Tinkler's side against Celtic.

However, Ngele and Rusike were forcibly substituted because of injuries.

“I’ve said this from day one that players that we bring into the club need to bring value, and I think they will add a lot of value,” Tinkler said.

The win took the Tshwane giants to 11th place on the league table and they are now four points above the relagation play-off spot, but Tinkler refuses to be carried away.

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“One game is not enough, we need to continue and get and another win. Once we do that, then yes, I will say yes the monkey is off our back,” he explained.

“We saw Ngele Rusike having to come off, so that monkey is still hanging around. Hopefully (their injuries) are not too serious, we will only know in the next 48 hours as to how both those potential injuries are,” the former Orlando Pirates coach concluded.

Matsatsantsa will travel to the Dr Molemela Stadium where they are scheduled to face Bloemfontein Celtic in a Nedbank Cup Last 32 match on Sunday.

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