HARARE - Zimbabwean striker Matthew Rusike has left South African champions Kaizer Chiefs and is believed to be on his way to Portugal.
According to football manager Bobby Motaung, the Zimbabwean was offered a new deal, but he turned it down to join an unnamed Portuguese club.
“Matthew told us on Sunday that he is leaving for Portugal. We offered him a new deal but he wanted to leave. I don't have the name of the team he's joining,” Motaung told reporters yesterday.
Asked if the striker was sold Motaung said: “No he was not sold. His contract was running until the end of June. So, he joins that team on a free transfer.”
Rusike took to Twitter to thank the Chiefs fans after it was announced he was leaving Naturena.
“Thanks to my family at @Kaizer_Chiefs . Everyone at the village. Continue to inspire greatness . Once a khosi always a khosi #Amakhosi4Life,” wrote Rusike on the micro blogging website.
The club responded by wishing their former player well in his new endeavours.
“We would like to bid our former Glamour Boy, Matthew Rusike farewell- thank you for your service. #YouInfluencedTheMoment,” tweeted Chiefs.
The 24-year-old began to feature prominently in the Chiefs starting eleven after the departure of compatriot Kingston Nkhatha for SuperSport United.
Although his conversion rate was not pleasing the Chiefs fans, Rusike scored two goals when the Pfefeni Glamour Boys beat Polokwane city 4-1 to clinch the Absa Premiership back in April.