There’s no quick fix to what’s slowly becoming a goalscoring crisis for Kaizer Chiefs, but coach Gavin Hunt says there is an alternative solution.
Amakhosi face their archrivals Orlando Pirates in the second leg of the MTN8 semi-finals on Sunday trailing by a 3-0 deficit and still without Samir Nurkovic, the Serbian striker who finished as their top marksman in the previous season.
Hunt’s men, however, haven’t scored in their last three matches – their win over Chippa United in the league coming courtesy of an own goal.
“The easy way is to say ‘right, let’s look for a striker and get him in’, but we all know the situation, we can’t do that,” Hunt, referring to the fact that Chiefs have been banned by FIFA from registering any new players until July 2021, told journalists.
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“We’ve got three strikers and we’ve got to try use them as best as we can and find a way of creating opportunities a little bit better. That is easier said than done.”
Hunt expects his attackers to be a lot more clinical with chances created, especially with Nurkovic, a player the Siya crew understands has had his head turned by interest from Saudi Arabia and North Africa, only expected back late next month.
Nurkovic underwent surgery in September following a groin injury.
“Even Pirates were struggling to score and suddenly got three against us, so these things can turn very quickly,” the Chiefs coach said.
“The most important thing is as long as we are creating opportunities, but we certainly need to be taking them. We have to do better in front of goal, wherever the ball lands. Obviously any team in the world is going to miss the man that scored the most goals for them last season. We have to get on with it, but spread the load a little bit, get goals from other areas.”
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