Kaizer Chiefs strikers Leonardo Castro and Samir Nurkovich will simultaneously go forward, accordingly to coach Ernst Middendorp. Castro and Nurkovich both ended up rarely spearheading the Amakhosi attack at the same time in Kaizer Chief’s 4-2 penalty shootout victory over the Cape Town City. Their victory was marked already in the first round of Telkom Knockout at Cape Town Stadium at the weekend.
Castro started the match while Nurkovich came into the game some time later in the first half, replacing the injured Bernard Parker. Nurkovic eventually cancelled out Kermit Erasmus’s goal to send the match into extra time. First minutes before Erasmus broke the deadlock in the 34th minute, Daniel Cardoso missed a penalty. This striking duo with stunning performance is giving Middendorp a selection poser of sorts.
The Amakhosi coach admitted that it was very difficult to choose who to start between Castro and Nurkovic. Nurkovic as well missed two of the Amakhosi matches because of the head injury. For a full insight into Chiefs‘ performance check for psl results updates. If you are unsure how to bet or have additional questions, search for betway south africa contact details or follow this link.
Castro and Nurkovic steal the attention
“I sad it before, Samir is an exceptional player. He was out for three weeks and not really been able to use his heading ability. He used it for the first time against Cape Town City. We said, ok, you are not going to defend the set-pieces, stay away and go to the corner, it is early enough. On the other hand, Castro scored three goals in a fantastic 45 minutes last Sunday in a match against Sundowns. It is difficult to separate them at the moment. Why not play them at the same time.” – Middendorp said. The Amakhosi’ win in the Mother City came at a price as Parker and their influential midfielder Kearyn Baccus got injured that forced them off in the first period.
“Baccus has definitely an irritation on the inside of the knee ligament. Not to mention the irritation on his ankle. We just have to wait because we can’t move. It will be better to say what the extent of the injury is in a few days from now.” – Middendorp added. Middendorp will keep his fingers crossed that Parker and Baccus recover in time for their titanic league clash against champions Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Versfeld in Tshwane on Sunday.