Chiefs armband too heavy for Nurkovic?


Kaizer Chiefs forward Samir Nurkovic appears to be struggling to bear the load of donning the captain's armband since his return from injury.

Chiefs' progression this season has once again stagnated after they were eliminated from the Nedbank Cup at the first hurdle by GladAfrica Championship side Richards Bay FC at the weekend.

Amakhosi had experienced a troubled start to the campaign under coach Gavin Hunt, with the absence of Nurkovic – their top goal scorer from last season – heavily felt.

The Serbian scored once and assisted twice in his first three starts this season, however, since taking on the responsibility as captain, he has blanked in his last four matches.

"For me, personally, I think that [captaincy] puts a lot of pressure on him and you saw what happened [in the Soweto Derby] – he took the ball from the usual penalty taker, which was a mistake but, again, he put that burden on his own shoulders," ex-Chiefs coach Farouk Khan tells

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"I think a player like him should have no pressure, because you need him to be mentally fresh so that he can do the business. The minute he gets into that space of being the captain and leading, he puts added pressure on himself.

"But then again, who else do you go with? There aren't many options. Captaining a club like Chiefs comes with a lot of pressure and requires one to be psychologically resilient.

"Maybe a Cardoso, because, if you look at your typical leader, that's the type of profile you want – a player who sees the game from the back.

"And Cardoso is also one of the senior players that have played the most minutes for Chiefs in the last two or three seasons. But it's a difficult decision for any coach."

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