Parker defends Chiefs contribution


Kaizer Chiefs captain Bernard Parker has looked to justify his efforts for the team in recent games as he points out the satisfactory trajectory in his statistics.

Parker has been under constant criticism in recent times as Chiefs supporters feel he no longer offers the team what he used to.

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The former Bafana Bafana forward has since seen an adjustment in his role, moving from an out-and-out or support striker, to a central midfield role and sometimes even a cover left-sided full-back.

His versatility has also been a key factor for coach Ernst Middendorp, who publicly backed the 33-year-old in a radio interview last week, while the player himself has since pointed out his impressive statistics.

No Amakhosi player has made more touches (290) or passes (246) than Parker across their opening five games of the season, making him qute an influential figure in the side.

“You want to make the most passes, the most touches in matches. I saw my stats after the last four games, and it was good to see that my work rate was satisfactory,” he told his club’s website.

“It’s a confidence booster for me to see that I am on the right path and that I can be important to the team’s success.“

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One area where ‘Die Hond’ has been lacking is in the goal-scoring department but, having scored eight goals in eight matches against AmaZulu – whom they face next Tuesday, he is itching to get off the mark in the 2019/20 campaign.

“In terms of performance, I need to remain consistent. To add on top of this is for me to get a goal, which I definitely want,” he concluded.

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