Kambole: Warming up to the task


All the supporters and media attention will squarely be placed on Samir Nurkovic, as Kaizer Chiefs face Bloemfontein Celtic this evening at 18:00 at the TUKS Stadium. In all fairness, Nurkovic has been inspirational in the Amakhosi pursuit for the elusive league title in 2019-2020 season and deserves all the euphoria and demi-god status from the club faithfuls.

However, FARPost Technical Study Group (TSG) looks at the impact of the Chiefs bench, with specific reference to Lazarus Kambole.

  1. Lazarus Kambole

Although Kambole is still to score in his maiden campaign in the ABSA Premiership, he has exhibited important signs in his overall game. Kambole’s game artillery include versatility in the striking line (play all positions across the attack), decisive movements, positional play and massive speed.

After missing a glorious opportunity to register his name on the score sheet against Polokwane City, he never dropped his head and continued to put his body on the line and kept supporting his teammates.

  1. FARPost Statistics

FARPost TSG has prepared Kambole’s mini data and insights from the Polokwane City match, where he played a total of 101 minutes.

2.1 Offensive Statistics

Chiefs saw much of the ball against City, and this allowed Kambole the space to run into and possible avenues on the wide areas to exploit in the offensive phase.

  • He received 1 chance throughout the match which was not successful.
  • He made 2 shot with 1 shot on target
  • He performed 3 dribbles and all 3 dribbles were successful
  • He made 16 passes with a pass accuracy of 81%.
  • He also made 1 key pass and it was accurate
  • He made 1 unsuccessful cross in the match

2.2 Defensive Stats

Even though City opted to play quiet deep and ultra-negative in the second half, Kambole persistently kept chasing and applied pressure in the Amakhosi defensive phase.

  • He was involved in 12 duels as the attacker and won 42%
  • He was involved in 3 aerial duels
  • No ball recoveries in both halves
  • Had 1 successful ball interception


2.3 Total input

His overall performance can be summarized as satisfactorily, given the effort and dedication from the Zambian attacker who has seen little game time.

  • He performed a total of 30 actions
  • 19 actions were successful
  • That is a 63% success rate
  1. Conclusion

For a player who has struggled to cement his place in the tough attacking department, led brilliantly by Nurkovic, Kambole’s inclusion and subsequent 90 minutes against City, augurs for the club as they push to win the league.

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By FARPost Technical Study Group

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