Bernard Parker pinpoints Kaizer Chiefs' shortfalls in 2017/18 season, expects youngsters to step it up
Posted: 22 May 2018 Time: 08:00
Kaizer Chiefs striker Bernard Parker has touched on the reasons for their troubles this past season, and outlined the sort of role he had to play given his shortage of game-time.
It was another subpar season for The Glamour Boys as they went a third successive season without even coming close to attaining silverware in the league or cups.
The campaign was made worse by the departure of head coach Steve Komphela – just a few weeks before his contract was due to come to an end, despite his attempts to rebuild a younger squad at Naturena.
Parker, who ended as the club’s top goal scorer with six goals in 20 starts, has explained the difficulty behind a big team trying to go through a transitional phase, while also highlighting his role in trying to aid the process.
“It’s not quite easy for a big team to make a transition and expect results so soon,” defended Parker. “And the youngsters came through and played their part under the supervision of the seniors, who helped them in a lot of ways.
“Ryan Moon can’t stop thanking me for how much I’ve helped him in his game, and he has been scoring goals – [Dumisani] Zuma as well. I’m mentoring them and pushing them for the best of the club, when I’m not playing.
“When I am playing, I’m leading by example and showing them through my efforts and hard work, and I also get on the scoring sheet.
“With my injuries and not getting much game-time, I ended up scoring the most. But I wouldn’t brag about it because it’s just six goals – but that’s the most in the whole team.”
The 32-year-old Bafana Bafana international also stressed that the process of rebuilding takes time, and feels the youngsters didn’t quite come to the party in terms of their contributions.
“As you can also see at big teams in Europe as well, making that transition and bringing in new players takes some time for the team to strike that consistency and gear in order to get results and trophies,” he added.
“With the big teams, a lot of the fans don’t look at the progress but at what you’ve won, and it was a bit of a transition with youngsters coming through but they didn’t help consistently enough, in terms of bringing a new dimension, maturity and continuity in the team.
“That is what has been a bit of a hiccup in our journey this past season, and us seniors need to continue motivating and passing on the culture of Kaizer Chiefs, and how they have to conduct themselves on and off the field.”