Moon taking notes from Parker
Posted: 8 February 2018 Time: 07:30
Ryan Moon is grateful for the faith shown in him by Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela and says he is taking notes from fellow Amakhosi striker Bernard Parker.
Moon has hit a rich patch of form, netting three goals with his head in the last four matches for the title contenders.
The 21-year-old, who struggled with a knee injury earlier in the season, is aware complacency is not an option at Naturena with the likes of January recruit Leonardo Castro waiting in the wings.
"It’s great to have a coach who believes in you," Moon told his club's website.
"We have some fantastic strikers, like Bernard Parker, Gustavo Páez and Leonardo Castro. The competition for places up-front is strong and I am by far the youngest. I really admire the coach, also for having faith in me."
The former Maritzburg United man revealed the 31-year-old Parker has been acting as a mentor of sorts.
Parker, who has just shaken off an ankle injury, boasts rich experience with 23 goals in 72 appearances for South Africa, while he plied his trade overseas for Red Star Belgrade and Dutch outfit FC Twente.
"I watch a lot of different strikers. Here at Kaizer Chiefs, I learn a lot from Bernard Parker, who regularly talks to me about what to do in certain situations. Bernard played at the highest level in Europe and he mentors me a lot from what he learnt, which is fantastic.
"Otherwise, I look at all types of strikers – each has his own strength to learn from. The best examples to watch at the moment are, of course, Barcelona’s Luis Suárez and Tottenham Hotspurs’ Harry Kane. They are unbelievable," concluded Moon, who is the younger brother of ex-Bafana Bafana fullback Bryce.
The Glamour Boys next host Golden Arrows in the last-32 of the Nedbank Cup at FNB Stadium on Sunday (15h30).