The re-birth of Kaizer Chiefs’ ailing DSTV Premiership campaign has many pundits and soccer scribes dishing out various reasons and theories.
Amakhosi’s sudden resurgence of 10 points from a possible 12, has coincided with the return of their influential talisman, Samir Nurkovic.
FARPost’s Technical Study Group (TSG) will look at possible factors that makes Nurkovic impact big at Chiefs.
1. Nurkovic style
The Serbian style of play is complex and sophisticated to any student of the game or to ardent follower of football. Nurkovic is capable of playing from the lateral (wide) areas and coming into the central zone.
Under the former Chiefs mentor Ernst Middendorp, he was deployed on both sides of the flank with the freedom to roam in and out of the wing position, with deadly effect.
With Gavin Hunt entering the Chiefs dressing room, Nurkovic has been located centrally with the task of holding up the ball, tactical localization and setting up others of the opportunity arises.
2. Tactical focal point
The current Serie A league leaders AC Milan have Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the tactical fulcrum. Similarly, Hunt has replicated the Zlatan effect by locating Nurkovic in the central attacking corridor.
As the new tactical focal point and supported by the emerging new talent at Chiefs, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo and Happy Mashiane, the Serbian hitmen has orchestrated the integration of the young Chiefs generation.
3. Physical presence
Amongst the most important requirements for peak player application are the correct fundamental factors of performance. This include the improvement and establishment of technical, tactical, physical, psychosocial, physiological and nutritional bases of the athlete.
But, it is the physical component of Nurkovic that has made him stand shoulders above the rest. His imposing figure makes him dangerous in 1v1 aerial combats, finishing through heading in both open and set play moments and in controlling the ball in and around the penalty area.
4. Goals and assists
After exiting the Chiefs treatment room following a lengthy spell with injury, enter Nurkovic in the league and CAF campaigns.
After delivering a winner to dispatch Amazulu (1-0) away in Durban, Nurkovic followed in two consecutive matches to set up both Ngcobo and Mashiane. First he crafted a through ball from a wide position for Mashiane’s first goal of the season against a stubborn Cape Town City and then later delivered a looping delicacy for Ngcobo to slot home against the hapless TTM in a 3-0 drubbing of the league strugglers.
5. Nurkovic’s aura
Around the world, and especially in the sports business entertainment, the presence of influential superstars, the likes Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Lebron James and Lewis Hamilton brings aura and confidence to the sport and teammates.
Nurkovic’s presence in the Chiefs team also brings assurance, support and aura, not only to the Chiefs players but also to the dressing in dire need of motivation, believe and points, as massive games against the struggling Baroka and arch-rivals Orlando Pirates lies in wait this coming week.
By FARPost Technical Study Group (TSG)