Rushine De Reuck has settled into the squad and in his recent performances he has already started showing the type of player he is. The defender who joined Mamelodi Sundowns in the January transfer window on a five-year deal has hit the ground running after making his debut debut for the club in the CAF Champions League.
De Reuck has been in the starting lineup for the previous four games since making his debut and he shared what it has been like to establish himself in the strong Masandawana defence: “I am very happy with my contribution, I must thank the coaches, technical team and everyone for showing faith in me. It’s not easy to come to the club and play, it’s a big team with a great squad and quality players. I am happy to be part of it and I want to keep contributing to the team’s success and win games. I want to give 100% on the field and be selfless.”
De Reuck got his first taste of continental football making his debut in the 5-1 victory over CR Belouizdad in the CAF Champions League. He then made another substitute appearance when he came off the bench in the 2-1 win against TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi. Rushine opened up on competing against the best competition on the continent: “TP Mazembe is a big club, they have done so well in the CAF Champions League and to start a game and keep a clean sheet and win against them was quite special. Continental football is very different, you can see the level as it takes a split second to change a game at that level. It was nice for me to test myself against some of the best on the continent, it shows that I am in the right direction and with the help of the guys around me at the club and for me I must just keep pushing hard at training and give back to the team by playing well.”, concluded De Reuck.
Rushine also won his first man of the match award for The Brazilians in the recent clash against Stellenbosch FC, in his first DStv Premiership game for Sundowns.
“Winning that award in Cape Town against Stellenbosch was great for me. It was a difficult game, we showed that we can be very competitive, we showed character, we dug deep for that win. It’s nice to be recognised for your performance and you grow as a player. As much as I got the award at the end it was all about the team and getting three points.”