Bernard Parker says Bafana Bafana must snap out of it and think about the game against New Zealand, as well as plan for their final group match against Spain.The Red Star Belgrade striker is confident the hosts can still reach the semi-finals.
“It is important for us to get maximum points against New Zealand, but we’re also planning for the game against Spain. We can’t talk about the Iraq game forever. Some people might say we don’t have a chance, but I don’t think that’s true,” Parker said.
“If we can keep this form going, then I think we can do well against any team. We just need luck on our side. In football you need some luck and, against Iraq, I think we were unlucky. We did everything right, we attacked a lot, we took a lot of shots at goal, but we simply couldn’t put that ball in the net.”
Talking to FIFA.com about getting in the way of Kagisho Dikgacoi’s goal-bound header in the 84th minute, Parker said, “After that I stopped thinking for a while, I felt so bad: it was a horrible experience.
“But these things happen. 'KG' [Dikgacoi] understands that; he knows I wouldn’t have blocked his goal on purpose. It was a mistake, an honest mistake.”