Kaizer Chiefs have the Telkom Knockout trophy within their sights and veteran utility player Bernard Parker has opened up on the great importance of reaching the final.
Chiefs will this Sunday (15h00) face Maritzburg United in the TKO semi-final after knocking over Cape Town City and Orlando Pirates, who stood in their way in the earlier rounds.
Amakhosi have started the 2019/20 season in fine form, winning nine of their opening 13 games, losing just one and drawing three across all competitions.
Having beaten rivals Orlando Pirates twice in the space of just seven days, after tough fixtures away to Mamelodi Sundowns and Chippa United as well, Parker is of the view that the international break came at an opportune time for the team to recuperate.
“The FIFA international break came at the right time for us, after we had an intensive three weeks, from the Sundowns game, playing Pirates twice and Chippa,” commented Parker on his club’s website.
“It was good for us to win those games and get the maximum points in the league and also progress in the cup competition. The break was good for us to refresh and refocus.”
The 33-year-old, who regularly dons the skipper’s armband for The Glamour Boys, believes overcoming the Team of Choice and reaching their first league cup final in four years is imperative to their progress and confidence, considering their ongoing 54-month drought.
“It’s so important for us to reach the final. It’s do-or-die time. With the quality that we have and if everyone gives their all and is fully focused, we can do that,” he added.
“I think we’ve done that well so far, and big ups to the senior players who have kept the guys close.
“We have our focus, which is to play well and win, and getting to the final will boost our confidence sky high.”