What SA players can learn from Nurkovic…

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Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp reckons that there are things SA players can learn from foreign players such as Samir Nurkovic, especially the latter’s work rate.

Nurkovic, who hails from Serbia, has been a Glamour Boy for the past few months and is showing great promise for the Soweto club.

Chiefs mentor Ernst Middendorp is impressed with Nurkovic.

“His work rate is exceptional and I think this is something that we probably don’t really have in South African soccer,” said Middendorp.

“(Nurkovic) is prepared all the time to top it up on 100% and I think this is something, here and there, that you can learn.

“You should always be prepared. Me, everyday I’m always prepared at my age to learn,” said the 61-year-old German.

“Players should watch what the other player is doing and the influence is not only in his actions, but comes in the direction of teammates.

“He’s prepared to cover, to run, to move and other players are getting inspired by this and I think that’s a very clear impact he’s giving to the team,” Middendorp added.

Nurkovic has 4 goals in 8 matches for Chiefs this season, which is an impressive return for a player who’s in his first season on foreign land.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

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