“We have to put the foot on the accelerator, from the first minute to the last,” Bernard Parker points out ahead of Saturday’s crucial MTN8 quarter-final clash against Free State Stars at FNB Stadium, “It’s all about getting a positive result and going through to the next round.”
‘Die Hond’ started in both fixtures played so far this season, operating on the left side of the pitch. This season is the attacker’s eighth one with the Glamour Boys. He has started in 146 league matches and 36 cup games since joining Chiefs in 2011, scoring 52 times. He scored against Free State Stars in early 2017 with Amakhosi winning their home game 3-1 in a league encounter.
Chiefs lost 3-1 to Bidvest Wits on Tuesday. “That was a slap in our face,” admits Parker. “We are playing good football. However, we now have to realise that results have to come first. Our quality, our flair and abilities will eventually come through if we are able to grind out a few results.”
The 32-year-old furthermore says that “we fully understand what our coach, Giovanni Solinas wants us to implement, but it will take time and time is our enemy. That’s why it’s so important to get results and to work hard as a team, while we, as players, should grasp and adapt quicker to the coach’s football philosophy and what he wants to implement.”
About Saturday’s cup encounter against Free State Stars, Parker comments: “We know what they are all about and we have to capitalise on that.”
Kaizer Chiefs host Free State Stars in an MTN8 quarter-final fixture on Saturday, 11 August (kick-off is at 18:00).
The tickets for this MTN8 fixture are on sale at TicketPro (Spar, CNA, JET and Edgars) at R60 for adults.
No tickets will be sold at the stadium.
Parking will be for free.