SuperSport United beat Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates to Evans Rusike's signature

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The Zimbabwean marksman had long been linked with a possible move to Gauteng, and Matsatsantsa have finally won the race for his services

SuperSport United have completed the signing of Evans Rusike from Maritzburg United.

According to the Tshwane giants, the Zimbabwe international has penned a three-year deal with immediate effect. 

Rusike is seen a direct replacement for Jeremy Brockie who left SuperSport for Mamelodi Sundowns earlier this month. 

Club CEO Stanley Matthews expressed delight at finally capturing the signature of Rusike, saying that they had been watching the 27-year-old marksman with keen interest over the past few seasons. 

"We have been watching Evans with great interest over the last few years at Maritzburg," Matthews said in a statement. 

"He has all the makings of a great striker with blistering pace, great skill and he can finish in the box. We are thrilled to announce his signing and look forward to him making a meaningful contribution for us over the next few years," added Matthews. 

Rusike has netted seven league goals so far this season, and he will be expected to help the club move away from the bottom half of the PSL log in the remaining matches of the season.

The striker is aware of the challenges that lie ahead, and he intends to showcase his talent and possibly attract interest from European clubs. 

"SuperSport United is a great club. They have achieved a lot in their short history, especially in the cups. They have also shown that they can get players to Europe and it remains my dream to play in Europe," said Rusike. 

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"I know I have to prove myself to the coach and management of SuperSport and I will give my best to boost the team into the Top 8 this season," he added. 

Prior to joining Matsatsantsa, Rusike was on the radar of both Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, but the Team of Choice opted to sell their star striker to the 2017 Caf Confederation Cup finalists instead. 

The Buccaneers have since signed Augustine Mulenga from Zanaco FC, while Amakhosi signed Leonardo Castro from Sundowns in December 2017.