Chiefs’ Parker On Nedbank, Goals & Why It Isn’t Just The Strikers’ Fault
Bernard Parker Says Kaizer Chiefs' Strikers Alone Can't Be Blamed
Bernard Parker says that it shouldn’t just be on the club’s strikers to score goals as Kaizer Chiefs prepare to come up against Stellenbosch FC in the Nedbank Cup.
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Only Platinum Stars (15) have scored fewer goals than the Amakhosi (20) so far this season, with just two of those being contributed to by ‘Die Hond’ during his 17 Absa Premiership appearances.
The 31-year-old did indeed find the back of the net as Chiefs progressed in the Nedbank last month, and has stressed the importance of continuing their run in the competition when they host the team from the Western Cape on Saturday night.
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“We must do the business,” he told the club’s official website. “The Nedbank Cup is an opportunity to win silverware for the club, the coach and ourselves as players.
“We have to be in the right frame of mind. We need to be ready mentally, especially as this will be their biggest game of the season. Playing against Chiefs is for them like a cup final.”
Stellenbosch may be a league below the Glamour Boys, but their experienced forward is fully aware of the threat that Steve Barker’s side can pose.
He said, “They have a good coach and some fine players with a lot of energy. They usually play in a 3-5-2 system.
“We have to be careful not to put too much pressure on ourselves. We just have to keep it simple and take it one game at a time. Our focus must be going past Stellenbosch to reach the quarter-final.”
When asked about the lack of goals from Chiefs so far this season, he says that too much importance is being placed on the strikers.
Parker explained, saying, “We have to do the business as a team. It shouldn’t be based on individuals, it’s not only up to the strikers to score goals. For example, I played most of my career at the number 10 position, giving so many assists for others to score. However, on top of that, I scored a lot of goals. If a striker doesn’t score, it’s up to the midfielders and even defenders to help out.”
Chiefs host Stellenbosch at 20h15 at Moses Mabhida Stadium.