EVANS STAYS CALM
8 February 2018
WARRIORS striker Evans Rusike says winning the golden boot in the ABSA Premiership is not a priority as SuperSport United priorities come first.
Evans, who completed a move from Maritzburg to SuperSport just before deadline, believes his role at his new team comes with much pressure.
He scored his first goal for Matsatsantsa in a 4-2 win over Bloemfontein Celtic recently, taking his tally to eight in the PSL and giving him a chance to challenge for the golden boot if he can up his game.
That coach Eric Tinkler has shown confidence in him and declared that he is the man who could change their situation, is reason to believe he will see more game time ahead of other strikers at the club, including fellow Zimbabwean Kingstone Nkatha.
“Right now I’m not thinking much about that, my focus is on helping the team to move from the position we are and finish better,” Evans told H-Metro exclusively.
“I feel blessed and favoured. It has been long, teams seeking my services but I couldn’t manage to move. But finally, a team that matched the Maritzburg terms came and it happened.”
Evans was also a Kaizer Chiefs top target in recent transfer windows.
Former Warriors captain Willard Katsande even admitted that they wanted his services badly as he could help transform the Glamour Boys.
Seeing him move to their rivals may have disappointed them.
For Evans, what matters now is handling the pressure that comes with euphoria that characterised his move.
“Making this move was more pressure but the game has pressure as always. You play to win so I must embrace it at all times,” he said.
At 27, Evans still hopes he will get another lucrative move.
“I will keep on praying and working hard, God will reward because his time is the best. I thank God for the form and I pray it will continue like that.”
His form has made many Warriors fans believe he deserves to play a bigger role in the national team ahead of the other outright strikers.
The presence of captain Knowledge Musona however means that there maybe one place for another striker in the Warriors first XI or none at all depending on formation.
The striker is not making any demands. He will let his play do the talking.
“I respect every team and the players because playing for club and country is never easy. Every game you have to give it your all.
“I learned a lot of things at AFCON though, it was important,” he said.
Sunday Chidzambwa is the new coach for the Warriors and Evans will be hoping he is in the coach’s plans.
“Much respect for him, he showed us what he is made of at COSAFA and not once,” he said.