Nurkovic and Castro absence a blessing in disguise

Former Kaizer Chiefs striker Pollen Ndlanya believes injuries to Samir Nurkovic and Leonardo Castro are a blessing in disguise.

Nurkovic is expected to be out for up to eight weeks after undergoing surgery on his knee while Castro hasn’t been in the team for weeks now.

Ndlanya doesn’t think Chiefs have a striker crisis as he feels this is an opportunity for attacking players such as Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly to step up.

“Look, I won’t say it is a crisis at such. I think it is a blessing in disguise that those players are injured so [that] they don’t rely on Castro and Nurkovic for goals,” Ndlanya said.

“Players like Billiat and Dolly must come out and start scoring goals for the team now that those players are not there,” he said.

“They are attacking players and must start scoring more often. The team cannot struggle to score goals while they have players like Billiat and Dolly,” said Ndlanya.

He added that it’s not only players such as Billiat and Dolly who are capable of scoring in the current Chiefs team.

Ndlanya also made mention of Phathutshedzo Nange who is yet to open his goalscoring account for Chiefs but proved to have an eye for goal in his previous team.

“Actually not only them; a player like Phathutshedzo Nange is also capable of scoring goals, and he must start doing that.

“They have players who can score goals in the team, and [they] need to come out now,” Ndlanya added.

Chiefs will host Chippa United at FNB Stadium on Saturday.


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