Parker makes Baxter return admission

CAF Champions League

Veteran forward Bernard Parker says the recent line of coaching changes at Kaizer Chiefs have provided the lift to pump their belief ahead of their quest to reach the final of the CAF Champions League against all odds.

Chiefs have in recent weeks sacked Gavin Hunt then elevated the duo of Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard to take charge as caretaker coaches before turning to Stuart Baxter again.

Zwane and Sheppard will continue to stay in charge in the Champions League semi-final away to Wydad Casablanca on Saturday as Baxter awaits the issuing of his work permit.

"The change has brought life out of the squad not only on the field but in the changing room as well," points out Parker.

"The guys are happy. Wherever in the world not just in football but the working environment when there is a change, we all want to impress the boss, so this is what the guys want to do now. They want to impress the boss. Otherwise, those who didn’t play now stand a chance to impress the boss so that they can get the nod. Others who were playing regularly it is now for them to reset and impress the boss. So, that is the good thing as well.

"With coach Arthur and coach Dillon what they have done is they have brought the spark back in terms of belief. That belief that will tick all the other boxes in terms of your confidence, motivation, your courage and all the ingredients that we need to play. After that we got the positive results and now that Mr Baxter has come home again the extra plus is that he knows the club and players in and out. It is exciting times again for the brand and only want to work hard to get the brand where it belongs while getting the best out of each other for the brand to be where it belongs," says Parker. 

Chiefs start away in Casablanca on Saturday before playing as hosts at FNB seven days later as they seek to add a new page into their proud history by winning the biggest club competition on the continent for the first time ever.  

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