Samir Nurkovic responds to Kaizer Chiefs critics


Kaizer Chiefs striker Samir Nurkovic has responded to criticism that the team is playing an unattractive brand of football with constant aerial balls.

Chiefs have managed a spectacular resurgence this season as they occupy top spot on the Absa Premiership log standings after 19 games, compared to their ninth-place finish last season.

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Amakhosi have started like a house on fire, with Nurkovic in particular having fit like a glove to Ernst Middendorp’s side with his contribution of 10 goals in 16 games thus far.

The lanky Serbian international has been instrumental in front of goal, scoring several times with his head – something that has not only frustrated opposition but also rivals supporters and some pundits, who believe this brand of football is not entertaining on the eye.

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Asked for his view thereon, Nurkovic responded: “If you are strong and good in something, you have to do that. If you see that nobody can stop it, why not do that in every game?

“Every game’s approach is up to the technical staff and the coaches who are in charge of that. As players, we don’t know what we’re going to do until they tell us.

“So we just wait for the technical staff to speak with us and tell us what the game plan is. But every game is different, we can’t do all the same things in every game, we’re coming with different stuff. Once again, if you’re good at something, you do that – why not?”

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