Kaizer Chiefs head coach Gavin Hunt has labelled Samir Nurkovic as “fantastic” after the Serbian hitman’s solo strike against AmaZulu at the Kings Park Stadium on Wednesday led ‘Amakhosi’ to their second DStv Premiership victory.
It was Nurkovic’s first start of the season following his recovery from an injury and he didn’t disappoint as he took advantage of some slack defending from ‘Usuthu’ in the 11th minute of the game.
Chiefs’ confidence had been repeatedly battered by a string of poor results. But having now registered a morale-boosting win which also eases the pressure on coach Hunt, the Soweto giants have moved from third from the bottom to the middle of the table with 10 points after 10 matches.
“I thought Samir, who hadn’t played 90 minutes, was fantastic, I didn’t want to play him, but I’ve only got one striker available, so that’s a problem,” said Hunt, who recently lost two key players in Khama Billiat and Leonardo Castro to injury.
“Right now, for us, any win is a big win. We should’ve won a few more games, you know, but the point table doesn’t lie, so we’ve been poor defensively.”
No doubt, Nurkovic’s incredible ability to score goals was missed with Hunt admitting that the presence of the striker has had a positive effect on Chiefs.
While at it, Hunt went on to urge Nurkovic, who was Chiefs top scorer last campaign with 14 goals to follow his first goal of the season against AmaZulu with a sustained spell of excellence.
“As I said from the start if you get a guy like Samir playing in your team every week, it’s like what happened last year, he played all those ten first games and he was brilliant.
“He scored all your [Chiefs] goals. And he got half a chance, and we haven’t had that,” concluded Hunt.
‘The Glamour Boys’ will be looking to record their second win in a row on Saturday when they visit Cape Town City in the Mother City.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi
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