Parker reveals key aspect for Ethiopia clash

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Having his own storied history against Ethiopia, former Bafana Bafana star Bernard Parker has highlighted what South Africa will need to do to beat the East African nation.

Parker was Bafana Bafana's star player during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers after scoring five goals across the qualification stage – the most ever by a South African in a single campaign – but infamously ended the nation's hopes with a dramatic own goal against Ethiopia.

The Kaizer Chiefs star looked to have kept his nation's hopes of qualifying for the World Cup in Brazil alive when he gave South Africa a first-half lead but, ended the tie as the villain after heading into his own net in remarkable fashion from an Ethiopian setpiece late on in the encounter.

Relive Parker's own goal against Ethiopia by watching the video below, courtesy of

Ironically, it is from set-pieces that the 35-year-old believes Hugo Broos' side will be at their most dangerous this time around, and he urged the current crop to make most of any dead-ball situations that arise during the match.

"They have speedy players [but] we have the skill to be able to counter them," Parker told Kaizer Chiefs' website. "We are dangerous from set-piece situations and when we get them, we need to make them count for us.

"We need to target to get six points from these games. I think if we can come out with four points, it will be good because then all the pressure is on Zimbabwe and Ghana going into the last two games."

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