Absa Premiership

Middendorp: Castro could partner Nurkovic

2019-10-21 18:51
Samir Nurkovic
Samir Nurkovic (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp says he would consider playing Samir Nurkovic and Leonardo Castro as a two-striker combination.

Nurkovic came off the bench to join Castro on the field in the Telkom Knockout clash with Cape Town City, which resulted in a penalty shoot-out win for Amakhosi.

The Serbian wasn't fully fit, following a head injury, but joined starter Castro upfront and Middendorp reckons the pair could play alongside each other in the future.

"I said it before, Samir is an exceptional player," Middendorp told the press.

"He was out for three weeks, not really able to use his heading ability. He used it for the first time [against City]. We said 'Okay, you're not going to defend set-pieces. Stay away, go to the corner'. It's early enough."

"On the other side, Castro scored three goals in a fantastic 45 minutes last Saturday against Sundowns and it's difficult [to separate them] at the moment.

Asked if he would consider playing the two strikers in the same team, the coach replied: "Why not? Why not?"

Amakhosi are back in action on Sunday when they face rivals Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Versfeld.

Kick-off is at 15:30.

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Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Mamelodi Sundowns v AmaZulu, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 19:30
Highlands Park v Wits, Makhulong Stadium 19:30
Orlando Pirates v Polokwane City, Orlando Stadium 19:30
Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Stellenbosch v Kaizer Chiefs, Cape Town Stadium 19:30
Bloemfontein Celtic v Cape Town City, Dr Molemela Stadium 19:30
Maritzburg United v SuperSport United, Harry Gwala Stadium 19:30
Chippa United v Black Leopards, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 19:30
Baroka FC v Golden Arrows, Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
Saturday, 30 November 2019
Polokwane City v Bloemfontein Celtic, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Cape Town City v Highlands Park, Cape Town Stadium 18:00
Black Leopards v Golden Arrows, Thohoyandou Stadium 18:00
SuperSport United v Stellenbosch, Lucas Moripe Stadium 20:15
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