Parker: Tornado will look to impress

Nedbank Cup

Chiefs are set to face the ABC Motsepe League outfit in their opening round tie at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

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Amakhosi have a history of coming under threat by lower-league sides in this competition, having faced the likes of Acornbush United, FC Buffalo and Edusport in recent years.

As such, Parker is mindful of the potential risk of undermining teams that have a point to prove, and has called on his teammates to remain disciplined in their approach.

"Tornado will run at us, trying to get us out of position. We have to play our game, keeping our structure. If we do that, our quality will take over,” Parker said on his club’s official website.

"Even when we play a friendly against an ABC Motsepe League side, they come out with a lot of energy, with the players looking to impress our technical staff to get scouted.

“For them, it’s the game of their lives to play against Kaizer Chiefs. However, that’s something we are used to – every team wants to beat Amakhosi.”

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The 32-year-old forward also feels patience will key to landing themselves a sizeable victory, which could serve as a confidence booster in the coming fixtures leading up to the Soweto Derby next month.

“The longer the game goes on, the more chances will come our way. Accordingly, we need to convert those goal scoring opportunities," he added.

“It’s important to get on the front foot. We are looking at winning this game with a good margin, which will lay a good foundation for the following games.”

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Meanwhile, The Glamour Boys are no strangers to the atmosphere in Mdantsane, where they visited Chippa United in the Premier's Cup pre-season friendly in 2017.

“We have played at that stadium against Chippa United. It’s a wide and big pitch, almost similar in size to the one at FNB Stadium, which suits us well.”

“When we last played at Sisa Dukashe Stadium, they created an electrifying atmosphere. I am sure the match will be sold out. We are looking forward to the encounter,” concluded the Bafana Bafana international.

Kick-off of the clash is scheduled for 15h30.

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