Samir Nurkovic ahead of 100th 'El Kasico': It is every player's dream to score in the derby

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Samir Nurkovic of Kaizer Chiefs before the DStv Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and TTM.
Samir Nurkovic of Kaizer Chiefs before the DStv Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and TTM.
Muzi Ntombela
  • Samir Nurkovic is eager to redeem himself for missing a penalty in the last Soweto derby by scoring against Kaizer Chiefs' arch-rivals Orlando Pirates.
  • The two giants meet in a DStv Premiership clash at FNB Stadium on Sunday.
  • It is the 100th league encounter between the Glamour Boys and the Buccaneers.

Kaizer Chiefs forward Samir Nurkovic hopes to be on the scoresheet when Amakhosi welcome rivals Orlando Pirates for the 100th league Soweto derby on Sunday.

The big Serbian-born player has already gotten a taste of the fixture on three occasions since his arrival in 2019.

He was on the winning side in one of those matches while the other two encounters ended in a  draw and a defeat against the club's neighbours.

However, the 28-year-old is yet to score against the Buccaneers despite missing a crucial penalty in the last outing in January.

"It's every player's dream to score in the derby," said Nurkovic.

"But it's a big difference to play with and without the supporters. They've always been our 12th player on the field and we really miss them."

"I am working hard and hopefully Sunday will be my day. I am happy that I am finally back and helping the team. I am not frustrated but I have to continue working hard."

Nurkovic played a crucial role last season when Amakhosi were vying for the league title.

He netted 14 goals and had six assists to his name in 31 domestic appearances.

However, Chiefs were unfortunate to lose their last match of the campaign against Baroka which saw Mamelodi Sundowns scoop the league crown.

At the start of the new season, with Ernst Middendorp sacked and Gavin Hunt taking over the reigns, Nurkovic struggled with his match fitness due to niggling injuries.

"It was a difficult time for me during the start of the season because I missed a lot of games and when I came back, I didn't go through the pre-season, but I had to go straight into the game," he said.

"But I am trying my best to get to where I was before."

Kick-off is at 15:00 on Sunday.

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