The 2019/20 season Absa Premiership Golden Boot race is heating up with three strikers in Samir Nurkovic, Gabadinho Mhango and Bongi Ntuli already on double figures after 18 games.
Kaizer Chiefs’ in-form striker Nurkovic is 2 goals behind the league’s leading scorer Mhango of Orlando Pirates, who has 12.
However, Nurkovic says he is not feeling any pressure.
When asked if he is feeling any pressure from Mhango who is on 12 goals, Nurkovic said, “No, not at all, it is a good competition and I gotta try my best in every game and we will see in the end who will take this Golden Boot, I am an optimist, we will see.”
Nurkovic who was signed by Amakhosi at the start of the season has settled well at Naturena and has become a key member of the team as he is the club’s top goalscorer with 11 goals and 2 assists in 18 games in all competitions.
“I am enjoying every moment on the pitch…when I am on the pitch, I try to do my best, I try to score as much goals as possible to help the team,” said the Serbian.
With Nurkovic banging in the goals for Chiefs regularly and proving to be a nightmare for defenders in the Absa Premiership, the hitman feels he is ”targeted by defenders” as they have been ‘rough’ on him since he arrived at Chiefs.
“I feel that from the beginning of the season I felt that (being targeted by defenders). Yeah it is a normal thing, they are defending, they are trying to defend their goals, as a striker I try to score and every game is different and every player so we will see,” added Nurkovic.
The Glamour Boys have an opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the league to 10 points as second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns will be playing in the Caf Champions League on Saturday in Angola against Petro De Luanda at Estadio 11 de Novembro on Saturday but Nurkovic said that he didn’t pay attention to the chasing pack.
“Well I don’t try to think about other teams, where they play, I just try to focus on ourselves, to do the best, play the best way, the most important thing is to collect as many points as we can, every point counts from now until the end,” concluded Nurkovic.
Chiefs’ next Absa Premiership clash will see them travel to KwaZulu Natal to face Golden Arrows at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, kickoff at 15:00
By FARPost Reporter