Kaizer Chiefs use their height advantage as a weapon - Qualitative Superiority

Qualitative Superiority is a player who has a clear advantage against another player in 1v1 situations. For example, Messi has qualitative superiority against most of the defenders he plays against. This is because 9 times out of 10 the Argentinian can dribble past any defender.

In the Soweto derby, Kaizer Chiefs displayed a clear advantage of Qualitative Superiority when Nurkovic and Castro won every ball in the air against the Orlando Pirates fullbacks said coach Rhulani Mokwena. This forced Rhulani to tactically focus his team on winning the second ball and closing down the supply of crosses.



Kaizer Chiefs gained an advantage because of a huge height difference between the Chiefs strikers and fullbacks. Kaizer Chiefs Nurkovic measures at 193 cm while Castro is 183 cm tall. On the other hand the diminutive Mako measures at 162 cm and Maela at 176 cm. Paseka Mako will not win any ball in the air against Nurkovic and Castro, even if he jumps he won't match them while their standing on the ground. Additionally, Eric Mathoho is a humongous 198 cm tall and is currently the tallest player in the PSL.

But this tactic was not only used against Pirates, but it is also being used against other teams in the league! Amakhosi's goals so far due to height advantage:
  1. Kaizer Chiefs vs Highland Park - 4 August 2019: A Headed goal by Manyama and assist from Nurkovic from a cross in the box which was headed down for Manyama to finish expertly.
  2. Kaizer Chiefs vs Black Leopards - 10 August 2019: A Headed goal by Mathoho from a corner kick by George Maluleka.
  3. Kaizer Chiefs vs Cape Town City - 18 September 2019: A headed goal by Cardoso from Lebo Manyama free kick and the second goal came from a cross that Nurkovic headed down.
  4. Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates - 9 November 2019: A headed goal from Castro from a brilliant corner by George Maluleka. The corner was won from a header by Nurkovic inside the penalty box.
  5. Kaizer Chiefs vs Maritzburg United - 24 November 2019: A brilliant free kick from Lebo Manyama is headed goalwards by Nurkovic, only for the goalkeeper to make a good save but good following up from Sasman led to a goal for the Amakhosi.
  6. Kaizer Chiefs vs Stellenbosch - 28 November 2019: Nurkovic and Ngezane pick up goals from headers, from Manyama (aka Kaka) corner kicks.
  7. Kaizer Chiefs vs Bloemfontein Celtic - 07 December 2019: Nurkovic scores from free kick played by Manyama, Nurkovic bangs the second goal from a corner kick, Castro score the third goal from a Manyama corner and Castro scores his second and fifth goal from a Manyama corner.
  8. Maritzburg United vs Kaizer Chiefs - 22 December 2019: Manyama scores from a beautiful cross by Nurkovic.
  9. Kaizer Chiefs vs Highlands Park - 8 January 2020: Matoho scores from a Manyama freekick and then Castro scores the third goal from a George Maluleka corner.
  10. Black Leopards vs Kaizer Chiefs -18 January 2019: Nurkovic score 10th goal of the season and another assist for Manyama.
Obviously, you can have tall players in the field but if you cannot deliver the perfect cross to them they cannot use their height advantage. Kaizer Chiefs has arguably one of the best crossers of the ball in Lebogang Manyama says Teko Modise and Sean Roberts from Soccer Laduma Radio. Moreover, George Maluleka is also delivering fantastic out-swinging corner kicks.

More Reading

https://www.itsjustasport.com/home/2017/6/26/crash-course-to-positional-play-part-4-of-4-generate-superiorities

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