Bernard Parker is pleased with the spirit and performance of the team in their opening two Absa Premiership games which has seen them record successive league wins over Highlands Park and Black Leopards.
“We have started off with six points which is something good and a positive beginning for us. We had a good fighting spirit in both of our games so far,” says Parker. “We have continued to put in the work by fighting for one another in training and has shown and will show in our performances,” says Parker.
‘Die Hond’ also believes that Chiefs’ on-field performances have demonstrated that they are willing to battle it out to collect the full compliment of points on offer in each of their games, as he goes on to further add: “In the first game against Highlands our fighting spirit was good we came back from a goal down to win and against Leopards we continued in the same way. We played well created chances won the games and importantly collected three points.”
Parker captained Chiefs in the club’s opening two games and his new role is one that he is enjoying. “I try to encourage the guys in a positive way. Also getting the guys to focus on ourselves and trying and build on ways that we can complement one another, always trying to build the confidence of the guys and between them building trust so that we can build the belief in our abilities,” he comments on the responsibility of being captain.
While it might still be early in the season Parker knows that every game is vital if the Amakhosi want to keep pace with the log leaders at all times. “We have to have the mindset that we can achieve a positive result out of every game that we play. The game against SuperSport is very important because we need to collect as many points as we can early in the season, especially given that a lot of teams are still finding their way at this point,” he says.
Parker who scored in both league games home and away for Chiefs against SuperSport United in the 2013-14 season believes this is the right time to be facing them. “This is a big game they will be confident with their recent victories. Facing them currently is a plus because they a team who want to play. They are also confident and will be playing for a win. It will be an open game for us with the quality that we have we can score a few goals and with the quality they have we know we face a challenge. We want the three points to maintain our head start,” says the attacker.
Ahead of the next break in Absa Premiership matches when the FIFA break takes place at the end of the month, Parker believes that Chiefs need to win their next two league games to cement themselves amongst the top teams. “We must win our next two games against SuperSport and Cape Town City so that we are able to be at the summit of the log before the break.
Chiefs host SuperSport United on Saturday at 18:00 at FNB Stadium before they travel to Cape Town on Tuesday to face Cape Town City at Newlands Stadium.
Tickets for the game against SuperSport United are can be purchased from Computicket and Shoprite/Checkers stores at R40 per ticket.