Gavin Hunt defends Samir Nurkovic's Soweto Derby penalty miss


Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt has explained the change in penalty duty and defended the costly miss of captain Samir Nurkovic in the weekend's Soweto Derby.

Chiefs suffered a third successive Derby defeat this season as they went down 2-1 to Orlando Pirates at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

Amakhosi have yet to beat their arch-rivals since the arrival of Hunt, after previously suffering a 5-0 aggregate defeat in the MTN8 semi-final.

Despite enjoying the lion's share of the scoring chances on the day, a penalty miss by Nurkovic all but summed up the Glamour Boys' fortunes as a clinical Pirates made the most of their three attempts on goal.

The former Bidvest Wits mentor refused to point the finger at the Serbian marksman, who was seen taking the ball ahead of regular spot-kicker Daniel Cardoso.

"I'm okay with what happened. I said Daniel can't be taking penalties, or whoever took them last time. Samir wanted to take them, so it's fine. No problem," defended Hunt after the match.

Asked whether he was disappointed with Nurkovic's effort that was poorly placed and made it easy for Richard Ofori to get a hand to, the coach responded: "No, not at all. It's one of those things."