Tinkler Concerned About Rusike

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By Isaac Ndou

PRETORIA: SuperSport United coach Erick Tinkler has publicised his concern on the fitness of new striker Matthew Rusike, saying the amount of games he will have to play may have a detrimental toll on him.

The Zimbabwean striker joined the Pretoria club from Maritzburg United as a replacement for sharp shooter Jeremy Brockie who left for Mamelodi Sundowns. Tinkler tipped the striker for greatness but admits it won’t be that straight forward as the player will have to adjust to the number of games he will have to play at SuperSport.

He is experiencing something different here as well. He played for Maritzburg, and they only played one game every seven days, now he is playing a game every three days, he’s not used to that. Yes, it’s good that he is fresh because when he the rest of us were playing CAF games he wasn’t. We also have to kind of wrap him I’m cotton wool. We have to careful,” explained Tinkler

“He put out a lot of energy against Mamelodi Sundowns in the 1-1 Absa Premiership draw on Saturday and its going to take him a little while to recover,” he added.

Rusike will definitely have to be the man who can put in the goals for Matsatsantsa and push them up inside the top 8 as they are currently flirting with the possibility of missing out. They next face relegation threatened Ajax Cape Town away on the weekend.