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Bernard Parker wants to Kaizer Chiefs be more clinical upfront

Posted: 25 November 2017 Time: 13:00

Kaizer Chiefs striker Bernard Parker says he is happy with how the team is defending at the moment, but it’s time they work on being sharp upfront.

Amakhosi, who played out to a goalless draw with AmaZulu at King Zwelithini Stadium on Wednesday, will need to be clinical in front of goal when they face Free State Stars at Moses Mabhida Stadium today (18h00).

Currently in sixth place on the standings, Amakhosi have not won a league match since beating Mamelodi Sundowns last month. They failed to score in the following matches against Polokwane City and AmaZulu.

“I think It’s a mental thing. We need to stay calm,” said Parker.

“I think with a little bit more calmness, more maturity in our fast play, it'll change the result. Not even our work can be questioned because that is there, the energy is there, the commitment, the heart … it is just about using the mind in our attacking play.

“Defensively we've done well so far. We've come up with a solution on how to be solid and it is just for us now in our attacking play to stay calm and support one another, motivate one another and create more ... we need more creativity.”

Parker scored a great goal in the 2-1 victory over Sundowns, showing a lot of composure to get the ball to his left foot before slotting it home past Denis Onyango.

“It showed against Mamelodi Sundowns that we have got the creativity. We tend to create a lot of opportunities but it’s not enough for a team like Kaizer Chiefs. Maybe it'll turn around for us.''

The 32-year-old, who has recently been preferred upfront by coach Komphela ahead of Gustavo Paez, has a knack of rising above the rest in big games.

Parker says he's determined to also bring his scoring boots against the so called smaller clubs.

“When you play against big teams, it’s more tactical. For me as a tactical person I always get my tactics right, positioning myself right,” he said.

“And then you have the not so big teams. They man-mark you all the way. They follow you.”

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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