Bernard Parker says Kaizer Chiefs must be ruthless upfront
Posted: 9 March 2018 Time: 17:00
Kaizer Chiefs forward Bernard Parker believes Amakhosi's midfielders and strikers need to improve their understanding in the final third.
The Glamour Boys have only conceded 15 goals in 23 league games, the second best defensive record in the league this season after Maritzburg United (14 goals).
However, fifth-placed Amakhosi have scored a paltry 20 goals as have Chippa United, with only bottom-placed Platinum Stars and Bloemfontein Celtic being less productive upfront.
“My concern is and I have always been asking... I have been playing as number 10 most of my career and as number 10, I have made so much assists in my whole career and scored on top of that as well,” Parker said.
“I have been saying to the guys we must try and have the connection or that understanding between the strikers and the attacking midfielders. So that we can complement each other even if the strikers doesn't score, at least you as a midfielder you get closer to me so that you can pass to me to score.”
Parker added: “Last season, Joseph Molangoane was scoring because I told him to go to positions and I passed to him three or four times.
“Even the last derby, I passed to him to score as well. It's more of having that connection amongst each other that we have to mean business. We have to do the business and go straight for the kill and punish teams.
“If we don't have that focus every game then we will end up like this, having 11 draws. We have a good defensive record and the whole pressure is on the strikers' shoulders.”
Steve Komphela's men next face NFD side Stellenbosch FC in the last-16 of the Nedbank Cup at Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium.