Parker: There's new energy in the team

Posted: 11 December 2018 Time: 08:00

Kaizer Chiefs striker Bernard Parker say there is a new energy in the team with players trying to impress new coach Ernst Middendorp, following the exit of Giovanni Solinas.

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Middendorp knows most of the players in the Chiefs side, having seen them while working for other clubs in the PSL, so he is unlikely to take time to find his strongest starting line-up. 

The good thing for the German coach is that he has players who are determined to impress him, so he will have a good selection headache.

What’s important will be the relationship Middendorp has with his men, as Chiefs manager Bobby Motaung suggested that Solinas’s understanding with the players may have not been so good.

“As I have seen with the players, there’s been a spark of energy and that’s what we need. There’s been positive energy from the players, wanting to prove themselves to the new coach and that’s good,” Parker said. 

“It puts everybody on their toes, to give good competition to the teammates. That’s a plus and that’s what we need.”

Chiefs are looking to bounce back from a defeat to Golden Arrows in their last Absa Premiership match, with SuperSport United next on their schedule at Mbombela Stadium on Wednesday (19h30). 

Parker is hoping that the energy and spark he is seeing on the training pitch will be transferred to the playing field against Matsatsantsa, as Chiefs look to get themselves into the title-chasing pack.

“We are eager. We are at the stage where we want to bounce back from our position and get amongst the log leaders. That’s our aim right now. I am sure with this spark and energy that we have coming to the game, it’s good to have such excitement and positivity.”

Chiefs on Monday announced the appointment of Bafana Bafana legend Shaun Bartlett as an assistant coach to Middendorp.

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Article by: Tshepang Mailwane

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