Komphela banking on 'match winner' Parker
Posted: 13 February 2018 Time: 13:30
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela is relying on Bernard Parker's experience and versatility to come to the fore in the club's bid for the double.
The 31-year-old netted on his return from injury in a 3-0 win over Golden Arrows in the last-32 of the Nedbank Cup on Sunday.
With Parker back and the young Ryan Moon scoring week in and week out, Komphela likes his options upfront, which include Dumisani Zuma, Leonardo Castro and Gustavo Paez.
“Zuma number 9 and 10. Parker number 9 and 10 can also play wide. Parker will help, experience-wise he is highly experienced. On any given day he can play anywhere, he's got football brains,” Komphela said.
“He understands, apart from affecting the game with the ball, how to organise teammates and give confidence.
“So we will benefit from that, now it will be just a question of the difficulty in making choices from Leonardo Castro, Gustavo Paez, Zuma, Moon and him.
“It is a nice headache but we are welcoming him back. He came through nicely against Arrows. He held the ball nicely, you could see the man was playing with confidence. I don't remember him losing the ball and that's what you want from Parker, because a Parker who doesn't lose the ball is deadly and will win the match for you.”
Amakhosi trail Premiership leaders Mamelodi Sundowns by seven points with 10 games left, and next host high-flying Cape Town City at FNB Stadium this Saturday (20h15).