Parker... 54 appearances with no goal

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Kaizer Chiefs' veteran forward Bernard Parker will serve a suspension following his sending-off against Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila sitting on a dreadful scoring drought of 54 games.

It might sound shocking, but Parker has now featured in 54 games since his last goal, which was on April 12, 2019 – exactly 21 months ago.

That strike was against Chippa United in a 4-2 semi-final win in the 2019 Nedbank Cup, which Chiefs went on to lose in the decider against TS Galaxy.

Since that goal Parker has not been involved in only five of the 59 matches Amakhosi have played in all competitions since then.

For a player who is essentially an attacker and went into double figures thrice in his better years in the PSL, these are now miserable returns for a player who is amongst the top earners at the club.

Attempts to defend the 34-year-old by arguing that he doesn’t start enough matches is akin to aiming to hold up water poured through a sieve.

Through those 54 appearances since he last scored, 36 of those matches were starts and, in the remainder, he came off the bench.

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Broken down it means Parker has played approximately 3 354 minutes (the equivalent of 37 shifts of 90 minutes) without a goal – which is unproductive whatever way it is analysed.

All his appearances have been in attacking positions, be it centre-forward, second/supporting striker, left-wing, right-wing or attacking midfielder.

Yet for all his failure to score goals playing in offensive spaces, he has been able to win over both Ernst Middendorp and Gavin Hunt courtesy of his versatility and other aspects of the game best known to the coaches.

For all of the scoring drought that Parker has had to endure, his 77 goals still keep him fourth in the all-time PSL top scorers list of players still active with only Khama Billiat (88), Lehlohonolo Majoro (82) and Anthony Laffor (79) ahead of him.

Parker will complete a decade at Chiefs at the end of this season after joining back in 2011 following a two-year spell in Europe with Dutch club FC Twente and Greek club Panserraikos.

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