Middendorp: Nurkovic still the best striker in the PSL

Middendorp: Nurkovic still the best striker in the PSL
Samir Nurkovic of TS Galaxy during the DStv Premiership 2023/24 football match between Cape Town Spurs and TS Galaxy at Athlone Stadium on 3 March 2024 ©Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

by Thando Mpembe

Monday Mar 04, 2024. 15:28

Cape Town Spurs head coach Ernst Middendorp showered Samir Nurkovic with praise after their 2-0 win over TS Galaxy in the DStv Premiership on Sunday.

Middendorp knows Nurkovic well, having worked with the Serbian during their time together at Kaizer Chiefs and they renewed acquaintances at the Athlone Stadium at the weekend.

The 31-year-old striker only joined the Rockets in September 2023, but he’s made a huge impact on the team, scoring six goals in 16 appearances across all competitions, many of them as a substitute.

Nurkovic didn’t start against the Urban Warriors, although he was introduced off the bench in the 34th minute as Galaxy head coach Sead Ramovic looked to get back into the contest after conceding two goals in the opening 27 minutes.

Middendorp admitted the former Chiefs man caused Spurs all sorts of problems and believes he is still the best striker in the country ahead of Peter Shalulile, Khanyisa Mayo and Bradley Grobler.

“Unfortunately, I’m obviously the only one in the country who values Samir Nurkovic as the best striker in the league. Even today, he is the best striker in the league,” the German tactician said.

“It’s difficult to get him, he is good on the movement, he is good on the legs, he’s good on the heading. He is clever, smart, tried three four times to get the penalty. He has a portfolio of aspects.

“Ja, when he comes in, I was very happy not to see him starting unfortunately, came too early, he should have stayed a little bit longer outside. But we had our problems with him, there’s no doubt about it.”

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