Mbesuma backs Nurkovic for penalties


Legendary ex-Kaizer Chiefs striker Collins Mbesuma has backed Samir Nurkovic's decision to take a penalty in the Soweto Derby ahead of Daniel Cardoso.

The Serbian squandered a chance to get Chiefs back on level terms in the second half last weekend after his spot-kick was saved by Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Richard Ofori.

Cardoso has been the club's designated penalty-taker after scoring four out of the five he took last season, including the winner in last season's 3-2 victory over the Buccaneers.

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Even with Cardoso's good record in the last campaign, Mbesuma feels it should be the responsibility of the striker to take over penalty duties.

"As a striker you have to take responsibility because that is our department you know," Mbesuma tells KickOff.com.

"Like when penalty comes as a striker, you have to step up."

The University of Pretoria forward says it doesn't sit well with a striker to see a defender taking a penalty when he is also there on the pitch.

"I think for me personally I can't allow that, because that is my department. But I think the Derbies I played, I never got a chance to take a penalty there. We didn't have any penalty in the Soweto Derby. But if a penalty comes, I have to take responsibility."

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