When an influential player is set to leave for greener pastures, the management team start searching for alternatives. Despite a huff and puff all the way to second spot in the league and a cup final in waiting, Zanaco still have a chance to bag a double. So when Orlando Pirates, Wydad Casablanca and Spanish Segunda side Lorca placed offers for the Zanaco attacking midfielder Saith Sakala, his club asked us (Joe Mhondiwa) his agent to find replacement for him.
We in turn recommended players like Ronald Chitiyo, Tafadzwa Rusike and Donald Teguru of Ngezi Platinum. At the time Ronald Chitiyo was also sort after by Arab teams which left Zanaco heavily trotting behind other options like James Bissue a 2011 Ghana U20 international recently played in US and also Joseph Mpande a Ugandan International. “Tafadzwa Rusike was always an option for us, we asked you to get him for us after you told us Chitiyo is on his way to Tunisia just before we finalize the transfer of your player Saith” said Mr Edward Mutale on his recent conversation with Joe. It just came with coincidence that Mr Andrew Rusike who also is not only a “Father figure” to both Tafadzwa and Ronald Pfumbidzayi alerted us of the recent developments with the player’s situation at Caps. His influence and advice is being put under scrutiny as Zanaco is seriously coveting the services of this player.
Rusike have had a proven career that span from Caps United, Ajax Cape Town, Dynamos, Progresso and back to Caps again. He has also been overseas in countries like Brazil and Belgium. His biggest success dates back to his days at Ajax. Meanwhile his predecessor finally sealed a move to Al Fateh in Saudi Arabia after their offer surpassed that of Pirates and Lorca. He has since played in every single minute of the seven matches plaid so far. Saith is still being followed by teams in Belgium and Spain. Zanaco have staggered their way up to second spot in Zambia premier league and hopefully can retain their league title if they land Tafadzwa Rusike as replacement for their departed 21 year old talisman.