Chiefs pair racing against time

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Nurkovic and Castro have not been both available in the matchday squad for a league match this season due to their injury concerns.

However, with Chiefs moving towards the last third of the league the two will now be available for selection as they chase personal targets of playing for extensions.

Chiefs visit Baroka on Saturday in the first of at least 11 matches remaining for AmaKhosi, which will also ultimately determine what happens with the pair.

Though they have a combined 11 appearances they are yet to neither score nor create for Chiefs who have been dependent on Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly.

Nurkovic has seven appearances to his name with five having come prior to the surgery that he underwent at the end of September to repair the meniscus on his right knee, an injury that he initially picked up last season’s CAF Champions League semi-finals.

His contract expires at the end of June but has an option of a further year with figures which will leave him with an improved package from what he is on now.

According to the contract, the option must be exercised before the end of May and Chiefs have so far decided to ‘wait and see’ considering that Nurkovic hasn’t given them what he did in his first season when he slammed 14 goals.

This website had been told that he is keen to remain at the club after the club chose not to trade him in when there were offers of up to R15 million for his services after his first season.

Also, in a race to earn a new deal is Castro who has also returned from injury and is without a goal in four appearances.

Castro is a top earner at Chiefs after arriving from Mamelodi Sundowns in January 2018.

His contract expires at the end of June.

Chances of both Nurkovic and Castro staying on for next season are slim with the remaining games set to determine who stays between the two if the club keeps at least one.