Jomo Cosmos and national Under-23 winger Mathew Rusike has just started his career in the South African Premiership, but he is already eyeing a move abroad.
Its no secret that like most players here, I want to play in Europe. My preferred destination would be England, but well see what happens at the end of the season, he told the South African Premierships official website PSL.co.za.
Another reason why I joined Cosmos is because of Jomo (Sono). He has a record of selling players to overseas clubs, he said of Sono, the club boss and coach who arranged for the likes of Mark Williams, Mark Fish and Aaron Mokoena to play overseas.
Rusike joined the University of Pretoria at the beginning of last season, but was unhappy with the little game time he saw with the NFD team. For five months, he didnt have a club.
It was a very frustrating time for me especially after leaving the Tuks, but the national Under-23 squad helped me through this. We played in Olympic qualifiers and a few friendlies and I kept fit. But I was speaking to Jomo already so I knew I was coming here towards the end of last year.
Rusike started against Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns in the first two games of the second half of the Absa Premiership season.
His goal is to play in every game for Cosmos and to help them escape relegation, and after a man-of-the-match performance against Chiefs, the Zimbabwean is certainly walking the talk.
I have many goals to achieve and one of them is to help Cosmos stay in the Premiership. If I dont perform, I wont get a move overseas and more importantly, Cosmos will struggle too. Im not here to just play, Im here for a cause and it is bringing out the best in me, the 21-year-old said.
There is no doubt we can stay in the top flight. Our performance against Chiefs was really good, he said of the 1-1 draw against Amakhosi.
We gave Sundowns a run for their money and they have so many stars. I was really happy we got a point against them and we have to take heart from these performances, the former Monomotapa United Football Club player said. Cosmos is in 15th place with 11 points, one more than bottom side Black Leopards.
Rusike will be hoping for the chance to impress for Cosmos when they welcome Free State Stars to the Sinaba Stadium for Saturdays early kick-off.