Kaizer Chiefs have commented on the social media frenzy surrounding Samir Nurkovic, while a club legend has also weighed in on the situation.
Nurkovic’s absence has been frowned upon by many, with the striker having been linked with a possible move to Egyptian giants Al Ahly in the last transfer window.
Though it was confirmed that the 28-year-old had undergone groin surgery in September, his reported return is what has many up in arms, after Chiefs and coach Gavin Hunt gave contrasting updates over his availability.
While the club stated that the Serbian had returned last week, Hunt revealed that he had in fact been fit for over two weeks prior to their last game against Black Leopards last Tuesday.
“No, sorry, there's no clarity, there's no confusion. Sorry, there's no comment about that my leader." Maphosa responded, when asked if there was any clarity to the matter.
Amakhosi’s legendary striker Absalom 'Scara' Thindwa, meanwhile, has advised the club to let go of Nurkovic if it is a case of his heart no longer being in Naturena.
“I don't know exactly what is happening, but I've always thought that if a person no longer wants to be with a club, it's better to allow him to leave because his heart is no longer with the club,” Thindwa tells KickOff.com.
“Because if [Nurkovic’s] heart was still with the club, he should be [playing]. The club is not doing well, the club needs him, he's supposed to be assisting the club.
“So, if he keeps on saying he's injured, yet he's not injured, then he might as well leave the club. Remember that he did well in his first season, considering that he was a new player.
“And in most cases with strikers, because they are a scarce commodity, you find that they get offers from somewhere, and, because those people would be offering more money, it becomes easy for him to do things that would enable him to play for the new team.
“Knowing Chiefs, I think they want to keep him because it's not easy to get strikers these days. I think if it's true that he doesn't want to play for Chiefs, it's not worth keeping him because he's not going to play with his heart. They might as well release him.
“And another thing that might be the case is that maybe because Gavin [Hunt] didn't sign him – it was Ernst [Middendorp] that signed him – maybe he was closer to Ernst than to Gavin, and that's why he feels it’s easier to leave.
“Maybe he is not loyal to the club, maybe he was loyal to the coach. Remember Gavin has his own way of doing things, he is not the same as the previous coach.”
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