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Chiefs Costly Nurkovic Mistake

By Velile Mnyandu 

Kaizer Chiefs will be without injured striker Samir Nurkovic for a while, with Velile Mnyandu arguing that a lack of planning has led to the club’s current striker crisis.

Nurkovic had to go under the knife to repair the meniscus in his right knee, an injury he had been carrying since last season already.

In edition 30, iDiski Times reported that Nurkovic was targeted by Al Ahly but at the time it was also highlighted that a long term injury that could place him on the sidelines was a stumbling block for the deal.

What makes matters worse is another long-term injury to Leonardo Castro, who is yet to play for Amakhosi this season as he is recovering from an operation on his own.

In addition, Dumisani Zuma is undergoing rehabilitation as he is also recovering from a long-term knee injury, while winger Kgaogelo Sekgota picked up an ankle injury in the 4-1 defeat against Royal AM.

With all these injuries along with the fact that the club’s leadership opted against signing an extra striker, the club find themselves in a tricky situation.

This publication had learnt that Chiefs were offered Royal AM striker Victor Letsoalo during the transitional sale of Bloemfontein Celtic to Royal AM but that move didn’t materialise because the technical team didn’t seem interested.

Letsoalo has now scored four goals in five matches in the DStv Premiership, including a brace in the 4-1 demolition of Stuart Baxter’s team.

Chiefs also seemingly made a u-turn on bringing in Ruzaigh Gamildien from Swallows FC, with all these decision showing a lack planning.

As a consequence, Nkosingiphile ‘Mshini” Ngcobo was played as false nine in the goalless draw with Marumo Gallants, when Baxter’s game model requires a number nine as a point of reference at the top to lead the line.

Do you agree with Velile’s assessment of Chiefs’ striker crisis?

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