Parker: FIFA break helped us a lot
Posted: 22 September 2018 Time: 12:00
Kaizer Chiefs forward Bernard Parker has admitted that they feared the worst following their poor start to the season, but explained what lead to their recent turnaround.
Chiefs started the season off with just one cup win in eight matches, failing to register an Absa Premiership win in their first five matches.
However, they eventually got it right in their sixth attempt, condemning Cape Town City to a 4-1 defeat last week Saturday, before following it up with a 2-0 victory over Free State Stars in midweek.
After three seasons of despair amidst their trophy drought, and elimination from the MTN8 after a promising start to the competition, made it seem as though Amakhosi were headed down the same road under Giovanni Solinas.
Parker admits there was a sense of déjà vu at first, but the recent FIFA international break gave them time to work on a number of aspects with club football manager Bobby Motaung.
“It was the kind of feeling that, ‘Oh no, not again!’ in terms of not getting the results and us as senior guys and technical staff always trying to uplift the guys,” said Parker.
“We would motivate the guys and, when we get into a new game, we suffer another blow or we don’t get the result.
“But, going into the FIFA break ,we definitely sat down and worked with our football manager Bobby, who said that we should just believe we are the best.
“We’ve worked more on the mental part of football, always staying clear in our minds so that we can perform better and lifting and enhancing the spirit in the team as well.
“We’ve also prayed a lot, and focussing on the spiritual elements also helped us a lot. We prayed, and prayer changes [things].”
In terms of their performances on the pitch, Parker accepted that mistakes were the root cause of their shortcomings but revealed that video sessions of teams in Europe making similar errors is the reason behind their resurgence.
“We did a lot of video sessions and touched a lot on the positives, and what has been working for us, without looking much at the negatives,” he added.
“The coach also elaborated on the fact that we shouldn’t worry about mistakes – they happen, and we were shown clips of big teams in Europe making mistakes and how they always come back from it and win games.
“So, it happens at the highest level that mistakes are made, but we just have to lift and support one another, because we win together and lose together.”