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Bernard Parker: Kaizer Chiefs needed to be stronger mentally

13:36 GMT+4 25/05/2018
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The Amakhosi star expects the Soweto giants to bounce back next season

Kaizer Chiefs star Bernard Parker has explained why Amakhosi struggled this season.

It was another disappointing campaign for the Soweto giants who completed a third season without a trophy. This eventually led to the departure of head coach Steve Komphela.

However, with the season having concluded, one of Chiefs’ senior players has backed his side to come back fighting next season.

Parker, whose contract is set to come to an end at the end of June, has lamented his side’s inconsistency, but hopes that they can come back from the break refreshed and raring to go.

“We will take this break to regroup‚ refresh and recharge and then we will come back stronger next season‚” Parker was quoted as saying by SowetanLive.

“Every time we won one or two matches‚ we just couldn’t keep it going‚” Parker lamented.

Meanwhile, the 32-year-old has singled out a lack of mental strength for Chiefs’ misfortunes throughout the season. The Glamour Boys have been guilty of throwing away several games from winning positions which showed in the fact that they played out to a whopping 12 draws.

“I think it was more mental for us throughout the season. If we were 10% more stronger mentally than we were‚ we would be speaking differently now,” Parker reflected.

“We also had so many disappointing draws throughout the season,” he added.

“It was a rollercoaster season for us and we just couldn’t seem to find consistency,” the forward explained.

“Maybe if you just take half of those draws and convert them into three points‚ we would have been up there challenging Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns,” he continued.

“But this is football. It was a big learning curve,” Parker expressed.

"The game teaches us. I’m sure we’ve learned and it’s a bit of a tricky one now that we picked good results towards the end of the season,” he concluded.