Chiefs skipper protects Nurkovic

CAF Champions League

Kaizer Chiefs are set to welcome back striker Samir Nurkovic from injury in the CAF Champions League but the skipper has refused to put any pressure on him.

Chiefs have been handed a huge boost with Nurkovic having been included in their travelling squad to face Primeiro de Agosto in their second-leg tie in Luanda on Tuesday.

The first leg resulted in a scoreless draw at FNB Stadium last month and Amakhosi now face the big task of earning either victory or a scoring draw away from home.

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All eyes will be on the Serbian frontman, who was the club's best player and top scorer last season, but captain Ramahlwe Mphahlele has insisted the burden will not be only on one individual.

"We should have won that game easily – three or four-nil. We missed a lot of chances and, at this moment, we would appreciate anyone who can come and score goals for us," said Mphahlele during an interview with Chiefs' media team.

"We know what Samir is capable of, but we're not going to put pressure on him to say, 'You are back, now you have to score goals for us.' 

"As long as he comes in and plays for the team, even if he gives the other guys [chances] to score – we have Khama [Billiat], [Leonardo] Castro, Lazarous [Kambole], [Dumisani] Zuma, even Tower [Mathoho] is also capable of scoring.

"So, we won't put that big burden on him, we want to also give him space. We know he's been out for too long, so we're not expecting miracles from him.

"But he's been doing well in training and I just hope he continues even in the games. But, like I said, we all know what Samir can do; if he gets a chance, he's going to bury it.

"And everyone is happy to have Samir back because we know how important he is to our team."

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