Nurkovic on Chiefs debut: 'There was so much buzz in Tembisa'

Samir Nurkovic (Gallo Images)
Samir Nurkovic (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs striker Samir Nurkovic reveals that the drive towards the stadium made him eager to wear the colours of the Glamour Boys.

"I remember driving towards stadium," recalls Nurkovic as quoted by the club’s official website.

"There was so much buzz in the area (Tembisa) and was good to see the supporters lining the streets.

"It made me eager to start the match. With me everything disappears when the referee blows the whistle. It becomes between me, the player and the win.

"First game is always tough. And as new a player, it is important to start with a win. We deserved the win. We worked hard for it."

The Serbian-born made his debut on Sunday against Highlands Park as Amakhosi collected three points.

The match was played at Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa and ended 3-2 in favour of the Soweto giants.

The 27-year-old made quite an impact as he played a part in Lebogang Manyama’s equalising goal in the 50th minute.

"It was a great start for us on Sunday,” reflected Nurkovic.

"I could sense from the beginning of the week that I might make a starting line-up. We trained hard and all the players showed hunger. We all wanted to earn a place in the starting XI."

He continued: "As a professional player, you can see in training if you are in the coach’s plans.

"Usually you get to see in training that the coach is planning certain combinations for the match. The spirit in the camp is very high.

"I’ve been in the game for long enough. I have twelve years' experience in the game. I am no longer stressing when I face the possibility of playing the match.

"I felt good from the camp as it offers camaraderie in the team. I try to speak to family, checking their health and wellness before the game.

"That helps me ease the nerves and be prepared for the match."

Nurkovic will be looking forward to playing in his first home game against Black Leopards in the Absa Premiership match taking place on Saturday at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

Kick-off is at 20:15.

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