Matthew Rusike

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Matthew Rusike
Personal information
Full name Tyrell Matthew Benjamin Rusike
Date of birth (1990-06-28) 28 June 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth Harare, Zimbabwe
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Club Africain
Number 9
Youth career
BN Academy
2006–2009 Charlton Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009 Monomotapa United
2009–2011 University of Pretoria 8 (0)
2011–2012 Jomo Cosmos 14 (3)
2012–2015 Kaizer Chiefs 28 (3)
2015 Halmstads BK 11 (4)
2016 Helsingborgs IF 25 (4)
2017– Club Africain 6 (3)
National team
2009– Zimbabwe 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 November 2016

Tyrell Matthew Benjamin Rusike (born June 28, 1990), commonly known as Matthew Rusike is a Zimbabwean footballer who plays as a midfielder and striker.[1]

Early life[edit]

Rusike was born to a Zimbabwean retail franchise owner and a South African hairdresser. He started playing soccer for the BN Academy and then Charlton Athletic at the age of 16. He attended St. George's College, Harare. He also played rugby as a winger or full back. He was also one of the youngest ever players to play for the St. George's College soccer first team doing so at the tender age of 15. He is a role model to many St. George's College soccer players.[2]

Club career[edit]

Monomotapa United[edit]

He left Charlton Athletic in 2009 after having some work permit issues and came back to Zimbabwe where he won the league in his first year. He also had discipline problems and he contemplated quitting football and going to university but he was contacted by Jomo Sono to join Jomo Cosmos.[3]

Jomo Cosmos[edit]

He was released by University of Pretoria and joined Cosmos in the National First Division and helped them gain promotion to the Premier Soccer League. Clubs like Bolton Wanderers, Ajax Cape Town, Kaizer Chiefs and even clubs from Belgium and France expressed their interest.[4] He also won the 2011–2012 Ezenkosi Player of the Year getting 33.26% of the votes from fans.[5]

Kaizer Chiefs[edit]

He joined Chiefs in 2012. He scored on debut against Bloemfontein Celtic in the Macufe Cup final in a 4-3 loss.[6] He scored his first league goal for Chiefs on 17 December 2012 against AmaZulu in a 2–0 win.[7] He also scored his first CAF Champions League goal over Liga Muçulmana on 1 March 2014 in a 4-0 win.[8] He also scored in the CAF Confederations Cup against ASEC Mimosas in the 86th minute in a 2-1 win.[9] On 22 April 2015, he scored two goals against Polokwane City which gave Kaizer Chiefs a 4–1 victory which crowned Chiefs as champions of the Premier Soccer League.[10] He played his last match for Chiefs on 9 May 2015 against Chippa United in a 2–0 win.[11]

He also holds South African citizenship and is therefore registered as a local.

Halmstads BK[edit]

On 24 July 2015, Rusike signed a one and half year deal

Career statistics[edit]

International goals[edit]

As of 17 November 2016. Scores and results list Zimbabwe's goal tally first.[12]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 13 November 2016 National Sports Stadium, Harare, Zimbabwe  Tanzania 2–0 3–0 Friendly


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