The Sunday Mail
HWANGE have placed a ‘Not for Sale’ tag on their most prized asset Evans Rusike.
The coalminers believe a foreign league would suit Rusike.
Coach Nation Dube is confident that by the time Rusike’s contract with Chipangano expires in December next year, the 23-year-old forward “would have made it into one of the acclaimed foreign leagues.”
“Evans is a fast-improving player who is well-disciplined and willing to learn; he will go places. I am sure of that.
“He just needs to keep his cool. I see this youngster making it into one of the European leagues in the next two or so years.
“He is my most prized asset and I wouldn’t want to lose him to a local club. I will have failed to do business if I let him go and strengthen our competitors.
“For now, there is a ‘Not for Sale’ tag on the player. We will only listen to offers from foreign clubs,” said Dube.
The Hwange coach has overseen Rusike’s development over the past two years and is satisfied with the progress the player has made.
Rusike was raw when he joined Chipangano at the beginning of the 2012 season and Dube worked hard on his timing and shooting.
The forward scored eight goals this season, a vast improvement from last year’s two, and could have bettered that tally had he not missed six games due to an ankle injury.
“The young man has got potential; he is intelligent and I know more is yet to come from him. I actually believe by the time his contract expires at the end of next year, he will have been snatched by a foreign club,” he said.
Dube guided Hwange to seventh position, two rungs better than last year, but the gaffer feels his charges could have done better with a “right mindset” during the just-ended campaign.
“We had a decent season because we were never in danger of relegation. We started well, but fizzled out as the season progressed. We could have done better, maybe finish in the top four, but bad officiating in some of the matches really affected us negatively.
“The other problem we had was the players’ mindset. Once they realised we were out of the relegation puzzle, they relaxed. We will need to work on that aspect next season,” said the Hwange mentor.