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Player of the Season: Nikola Komazec

Photo: JRP Borthwick

This article was initially published in May 2017 in the print version of the “Hong Kong Football Podcast Season Review”. You can download the PDF version of the magazine here

Starting with his debut goal against BC Glory Sky, through the nine goals he scored in his first eight league matches, plus goals against Johor in the AFC Cup and into a quieter second half of the season, Nikola Komazec has made a huge impact for South China. He finished joint third-highest goalscorer, with 13 goals. The two men ahead of him in the scoring charts – Kitchee’s Sandro and Eastern’s Manuel Bleda – had great seasons, but play in much stronger teams. The big Serbian got four goals against the top three, all of them crucial. But it’s not just about the numbers. Whenever the ball is near, his aim is to unleash that left boot with a shot on goal as soon as possible. His finishing and positioning, plus the emotion and camaraderie he puts into his game (we once saw him kiss Mahama Awal on the face just for winning a throw-in) make him a true character, and just the kind of player we all want to watch.

尼古拉 高美斯

高美斯在處子戰對標準灝天便射入第一球,在首十三場為南華披甲的賽事中總共射入十二球,當中包括在亞協盃對柔佛的入球,再到比較平淡的下半季,他一直都為南華帶來了很大的影響。他在今季與另一位球員以十三球成為聯賽神射手榜上的第三位。雖然比他排名更前的傑志球員辛祖和東方的洛迪古斯都在今季表現得十分出色,但他們的球隊實力原本便比其他球隊強。這位高大的塞爾維亞球員在頭三名球隊的身上總共取得四個重要入球。不過,數字不只是他被選為最佳球員的原因。當每次有埋門機會時,高美斯只有一個目的,就是要盡快提起他的左腳射中目標。他的射門技術和位置感,以及他在比賽中投入的激情及和隊友之間的情誼(我們曾經見過高美斯在艾華贏得界外球後走去親吻他的臉頰)顯出了他的真實個性,而這正是大家最想見到的球員。

Author: James Legge
Translation: grenzenlosgroundhopping.com

The Hong Kong Football Podcast is your weekly round-up of news, scores and chit-chat from around local football. It is out every Wednesday, and has just completed its first full season, which included interviews with players like Eastern’s Josh Mitchell and Southern’s Paul Olivier Ngue. You can listen on Soundcloud, iTunes, Stitcher, or any other of your favourite podcast applications.

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