Kaizer Chiefs striker Samir Nurković says he is excited to play in his first derby this season, having missed the matches against Orlando Pirates earlier this season.
Chiefs lost 3-0 and 2-0 in the two-legged MTN8 semi-final, but Nurković was out injured at the time.
Since returning the Amakhosi set-up, Nurković has been a key player in the club’s change in fortunes.
The Serbian striker, who is yet to score in a derby, says he had heard about the Soweto derby before coming to South Africa and enjoyed the experience last season.
He says it is a pity that the fans will not be there, but he knows they will be supporting from home.
“Playing in big derbies like the Soweto derby is every player’s dream. I have had the privilege to play three derbies last season and I am happy to be part of this derby again,” Nurković told the club’s website.
“Before I arrived in South Africa and came to Chiefs, I learnt about the Soweto derby. The fact that the players have the opportunity to play in front of 90 000 supporters made me really look forward to being part of such an occasion.”
“My experience in the derby has been unbelievable thus far, playing in front of 90 000 spectators is a dream come true for every player. It has exceeded all my expectations.”
“It is unfortunate that this derby will have no supporters at the same stadium, but I am sure they will be supporting us from home, playing without supporters is very different. They are always the 12th man and give us extra motivation. We really miss them at the stadium.”
“It is full focus for Chiefs as we get ready for the clash with Pirates, a big team like Kaizer Chiefs must only be interested in victories, that’s why we are going into this game just like every other game with full focus.”
“As much as we prefer to have our beloved fans at the stadium, they have to prioritise their and their families’ health by adhering to the government regulations. We urge them to stay at home and continue to support us from there. Thank you to all of them for doing so and hopefully we will have them in the stands soon.”