Samir Nurkovic has responded to questions around his goal scoring drought, which has seen the Kaizer Chiefs hitman net just one goal in 15 matches.
Amakhosi will again be pinning their hopes on the Serbian forward on Sunday afternoon when he leads the line in the DStv Premiership Soweto Derby against Orlando Pirates.
The last time the two sides met, Nurkovic, captain on the day, missed a penalty after coach Gavin Hunt banned Daniel Cardoso from taking spot kicks.
“It’s every players’ dream to score in a derby because it’s a big game,” Nurkovic told the media this week from Naturena.
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"But it is a big difference playing with and without supporters. They’ve always been our 12th player on the field and we miss them on the field.”
On his goal drought and adapting to Hunt’s style of play, having had his maiden season under Ernst Middendorp and finishing as the club’s top scorer, Nurkovic pointed to his injury set back – he was out for three months after groin surgery.
“It has been a really difficult start for me because I missed a lot of games and when I came back I hadn’t gone through pre-season. I went straight to playing. But I am trying my best to get to where I was before, hopefully on Sunday it will be my day,” he said.
Nurkovic scored 14 goals in 31 games last season.
“I am not frustrated at all, there’s been a big difference. When I came to the club last season we had one month and a half pre-season preparing. The difference to this one is that I missed a lot of games like I said – from the recovery and treatment I went straight to the games. I am happy to be back to help the team. It’s not frustrating for me,” the striker explained.
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