Kaizer Chiefs hitman Samir Nurkovic is going through a rough patch as he has been firing blanks since his return from injury with a single goal and three assists in 15 matches in all competitions.
Nurkovic started his maiden season in South Africa’s topflight like a house on fire with his goal-scoring prowess. Last campaign, the Serbian striker was among the league’s leading marksmen netting 13 league goals in 26 matches.
But in the 2020/21 season, Nurkovic has battled to replicate that form which saw ‘Amakhosi’ come within minutes of Premiership glory.
Nurkovic, though, who started his campaign late and didn’t have a pre-season is not entirely worried and remains optimistic ahead of the Soweto Derby against Orlando Pirates in the league at FNB Stadium.
“I missed a lot of games at the start of the season and when I came back, I didn’t have a pre-season, I just went from the recovery treatments and sessions and I went straight to the games,” said Nurkovic.
“It was a difficult time for me [being out] but I am trying my best to get to where I was before, I am working hard and hopefully Sunday will be my day.”
His dry spell in front of goal has had an effect on Chiefs’ disappointing form this season as Gavin Hunt’s men are 11th on the log standings after 18 matches.
Upon his return from a lengthy injury lay-off in January, Nurkovic scored against AmaZulu in a DStv Premiership clash, but the Serbian has since gone nine league matches without finding the back of the net.
“Not at all [frustrated about not scoring]. There is a big difference. When I came last season, we had a month and a half to prepare but this season I missed a lot of games,” he said.
“I am happy that I am finally back, that I can help the team. It’s every player’s dream to score in a derby,” concluded the Chiefs striker.
By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi