De Reuck harbours ambitions to play continental football

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Star defender Rushine de Reuck has expressed his desire to play CAF Continental Club Football with Mariztburg United amid speculations linking him with a move away from ‘The Team of Choice’.

Before the Coronavirus brought a halt to the action, De Reuck had been on top of his game, putting in impressive performances for Mariztburg with many tipping the centre-back to win the Premier Soccer League (PSL) Defender of the Season award.

The 24-year-old insists that he is committed to ‘The Team of Choice’ and wants to help the club finish the season on a high when the league resumes and also qualify for African club competition.

“We have targets as Maritzburg right now. I think we’re five or six points behind our best finish in the league – when we got to 45 points, so there’s targets to achieve and we want to fight for a CAF place as well,” – De Reuck. Picture: Maritzburg United.

“At the beginning of the season it was to get into the top eight, but now it’s different – to play in Africa will be very good for Maritzburg because they’ve never done that. And we’re not far off that. That’s the goal and the next step for us.

“I want to be part of that, I’ve been to two cup finals and haven’t won yet, but I want to continue making history with this club. It’s a club I fell in love with, it’s a club that gave me an opportunity when no-one believed in me,” he added.

“I’m just focused on Maritzburg, on Maritzburg doing well; that’s the most important thing,” he said. “I don’t think every day what people are saying about me. I’m happy with my progress and what I have achieved for Maritzburg this season.”

Shutting out the noise is imperative for De Reuck as he wants to continue with his good form and to work hard – “not to worry what people say”.

“It can have a positive and a negative effect because everyone has their own opinions. It’s just about keeping my coach happy, doing well for Maritzburg, and helping the club grow,” – De Reuck. Picture: Maritzburg United. 

According to De Reuck, Maritzburg head coach Eric Tinkler has helped him a lot in terms of improving his game.

“He told me the talent is there, but that I need to work harder. And that’s what I’ve done, I’ve studied the game more and now this season I’ve hardly had any bookings.

“I’ve bettered my positional play, the way I read the game, the way I see things, studying players. I know what to do in certain areas. I know my strengths; I’m not scared to go 1-v-1.

“I’m good in the air, when the ball is coming for a cross, things like that, the coach has helped me a lot in terms of possession play, what I must do when I have the ball.

“We really do miss playing. Training by yourself is hard. Waking up in the morning, you need a lot of self-motivation, we’re so used to training in groups. I can’t wait for the league to start,” concluded De Reuck.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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