Nurkovic takes the ‘im’ out of impotency and fulfils his chief task — ‘to score goals’

The striker’s injury frustrations are over and he says the team is working hard to get back on track for its fans

18 January 2021 - 20:46 By mninawa ntloko
Samir Nurković took Kaizer Chiefs to victory against AmaZulu on Wednesday and delivered an assist in the team's 2-1 win against Cape Town City on Saturday.
HE'S BACK! Samir Nurković took Kaizer Chiefs to victory against AmaZulu on Wednesday and delivered an assist in the team's 2-1 win against Cape Town City on Saturday.
Image: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Ace Kaizer Chiefs striker Samir Nurković has said watching the team struggle to find the back of the net in the four months he was sidelined with a groin injury was difficult to stomach.                      

Chiefs had a horror start to this season under new coach Gavin Hunt and Nurković’s absence served to sour things further for Amakhosi as they limped from one poor result to the next‚ their impotency in front of goal glaringly amplified.

But the Serbian’s return seems to have inspired a change in fortunes for the team. In his first start since recovering from the injury‚ Nurković scored the lone strike in Chiefs’ 1-0 win against AmaZulu on Wednesday. He then turned provider in his next match, delivering an assist in Chiefs’ 2-1 win against Cape Town City on Saturday to secure a second win in a row for the first time this season.

“It was a really difficult four months for me‚” he reflected on the frustrating period he spent watching from the sidelines. “Every day you can see supporters [in the streets] and they were all wishing me a speedy recovery. But sometimes you need a little bit of time to get back on the field and you cannot rush something.

“But it is not the same playing without supporters. It is a big difference because they have always been our 12th player on the field and it is harder without them. But the hard work that we are putting in is all for them‚ everything we are doing is for Amakhosi.”

We really do not have a lot of time to think about the opponents. We have to focus on ourselves and on our play. We have to continue with our good fighting spirit, on what we gave the supporters in our last two games.
Kaizer Chiefs striker Samir Nurković

The Chiefs will put their newfound resurgence to the test when they host Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) at FNB stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

“We really do not have a lot of time to think about the opponents‚” Nurković said. “We have to focus on ourselves and on our play. We have to continue with our good fighting spirit‚ on what we gave the supporters in our last two games‚ and we have to just keep momentum.”

The Serbian said he was grateful to be back.

Hunt’s post-match interviews sounded like a broken record as the goals dried up and countless points were dropped when the presence of a razor-sharp marksman could have turned defeat into draw and draw into win.

“It felt fantastic to be back on the field after a long time‚ after surgery and four months of recovery‚ training sessions,” Nurković said.

“Like I said a million times‚ my job is to be upfront and score goals and thank God I scored that goal [against AmaZulu] in the first game after a long time. The feeling was unbelievable and I am very happy I have made my contribution to the victory.”

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