Kaizer Chiefs Samir Nurkovic

Samir Nurkovic will leave Chiefs. Image: @HermaineM / Twitter

LATEST: ‘Nothing positive’ about Nurkovic injury absence

Former Chiefs striker Samir Nurkovic is facing a concerning and lengthy injury-enforced absence at Royal AM.

Kaizer Chiefs Samir Nurkovic

Samir Nurkovic will leave Chiefs. Image: @HermaineM / Twitter

During the off-season it was confirmed that Nurkovic would be leaving Kaizer Chiefs after his three-year association with the club had come to an end, with the 30-year-old heading to Royal AM.

However, despite making this key move to Chiefs’ PSL rivals, question marks have remained over what the planning was for the striker at Royal AM.


Towards the end of last month, Royal AM co-coach Kabo Zondo gave an update on Nurkovic, revealing the player is battling with injury.

“Look, it’s a work in progress,” Zondo said during the 2022/23 DStv Premiership launch on SuperSport TV, as quoted by iDiski Times.

“I know that Samir Nurkovic is under pressure to be what we are. But we training, we are trying, by all means, to make sure that he understands what type of football we play. 

“I think he did well at Chiefs when he arrived, until the time when he got injured, he’s still injured even now. There are new players that we also brought in, but we must also appreciate the Diski Challenge team, that we are able to bring in surprises there and there.”

According to popular online source Unplayable, Nurkovic has in fact required knee surgery, and it’s likely this will lead to a lengthy absence.

After Royal AM suffered their second loss of the season to Orlando Pirates on Wednesday, Royal AM co-coach Khabo Zondo confirmed the waiting game was set to continue for some time, and one has to wonder whether the 30-year-old may be absent for most of the remainder of this year.

“Regarding Nurkovic, we [are] still waiting on him, but for now, there’s nothing positive about his situation,” Zondo told the media.


Nurkovic made 78 appearances for Chiefs

The Serbian striker had previously struggled for game time under Stuart Baxter. He missed large parts of the season due to a long-term injury and had not offered much on attack when he was able to play over the last season.

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“I am happy that I have been part of such a big club, such a beautiful and good environment,” said Nurkovic after leaving Chiefs.

“I joined Amakhosi from a small city in Serbia, and that’s a big thing, and I must say, the Chiefs chapter has been the best in my career so far.

“My last two seasons, most of the games, I played while injured, and I couldn’t perform at my best. But it’s normal as Chiefs couldn’t wait for me forever to recover because, at the time, they needed players, they couldn’t sign anybody [FIFA transfer ban], and I understand.

“Everybody saw my first season at Chiefs, and I can’t just like that, forget to play football overnight; that’s ridiculous.

“I am leaving Chiefs with a full heart, and a grateful heart, but it is time for the new chapter,” he added.