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I am not the same player that left South Africa, says Cape Town City striker Matthew Rusike

10:33 PM MYT 13/02/2018
Matthew Rusike, Cape Town City
The Citizens frontman believes he is a more complete player since leaving Amakhosi in 2015

Cape Town City’s deadline day signing Matthew Rusike believes that he is not the same player who departed the South African shores in 2015.

The Zimbabwe international, who was a key figure in Chiefs’ success under Stuart Baxter, moved to Sweden before eventually joining Tunisian giants Club Africain, and it is that experience which the 27-year-old explains has made him a more complete player.

"I am not the same player that left, but at the same time I know the game. Hopefully, I can continue scoring and get the ball rolling," Rusike told Sowetan.

"Everybody wants to hit the ground running. I am no stranger to SA football, but this time when I come back I've got the experience," he added.

Rusike has already hit the ground running by scoring on debut in the Nedbank Cup game against Bidvest Wits, and he will not have to wait long to take on his former side as they are set to meet on Saturday night.

"Chiefs are a different side from the one under Stuart Baxter. Both teams are in contention for the league title. So, it will be a tough one," Rusike said.

Meanwhile, Rusike is enjoying life at the Citizens and he is hoping that City coach Benni McCarthy will mentor him into becoming a consistent goalscorer.

"We have some top quality players at City and what I like is that we are a team that knows how to come [to the party], the scoring chances are never running out. To play with guys like Teko Modise just makes it easy to score," he explained.

"The coach has faith and confidence in me. That is why I came to the club. I had a chat with him and it happened very quickly. He is someone I look to learn from and grow as a striker. This club will be a powerhouse from Cape Town for sure," he concluded.