Parker: New guys have stepped in


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Chiefs finally did the kind of business expected from one of the country’s biggest clubs by bringing in the likes of Khama Billiat and Lebogang Manyama in the recent transfer window.

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The Zimbabwean international, more specifically, has proven a massive catch for the Soweto giants, having single-handedly contributed to 50 percent of their goals this season.

The likes of Manyama, Godfrey Walusimbi and Adriamirado Andrianarimanana have yet to really establish themselves within the starting line-up, but have slowly been finding their feet in the setup.

Meanwhile, Parker is already beaming with optimism that their contribution to the club will be of great value as they bring “a new dimension” within the Amakhosi culture, which is being monitored from far and wide.

“The new guys in the team have really stepped in and they have also brought a new dimension to what Kaizer Chiefs is about,” said Parker.

“They’ve got the flair, the skill, the pace and all that Chiefs is known for. Us as senior guys, we’ve also drilled in the culture of the team that we’re always under the watchful eye of South Africa and Africa as a whole.

“We always have to conduct ourselves professionally and remain on that level as much as we can so that we represent the club well, and it really has paid off.”

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The 32-year-old Bafana Bafana international also says the spirit and camaraderie amongst the players has improved massively, and the competition for places has also contributed towards this.

“We’re also now more together in terms of the tactical aspect, we defend together, we move up together and we’re more compact and solid, and I hope it stays like this,” he added.

“The spirit in the team is good, the competition is healthy, so it’s just for us now to maintain it and also to improve from here onward.”

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