Kaizer Chiefs are still in the title race, says striker Bernard Parker

Bernard Parker and Olaleng Shaku - Kaizer Chiefs v Baroka
Parker remains upbeat about Amakhosi's title contention despite dropping two points in Polokwane on the weekend

Kaizer Chiefs played out to a 2-2 draw against Baroka FC on Saturday night.

The Amakhosi have only nine games remaining in their Premier Soccer League (PSL) campaign and currently find themselves in fourth position on the table. While Chiefs are only three points off the top going into the international break, they are at a disadvantage as SuperSport United, Bidvest Wits and most notably Mamelodi Sundowns have numerous games in hand.

Despite the Soweto giant’s unfancied position, forward Bernard Parker remains optimistic that Chiefs can still achieve glory.

"I think it is still possible that we can win all (the remaining) nine games,” Parker told The Sowetan.

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“We also still have the Nedbank Cup to play for, so we are very much still in it.”

The 31-year-old also admitted disappointment at the weekend’s result. Although, Parker converted a penalty on the stroke of half time after Eric Mathoho’s early goal was cancelled out by Baroka’s Victor Letsoalo, Chiefs were left to rue their missed opportunities. With 10 minutes to go Bakgaga grabbed the equaliser through a fantastic solo effort by Mxolisi Kunene.

“It's disappointing for us that we dropped two points,” Parker said.

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“We had a great positive start, but they scored a good goal (through Letsoalo).

“In the second half, we came out guns blazing and kept pushing until the hour-mark when we went a little bit on the backfoot. We allowed them to come at us until they got the (second) goal,” Parker concluded.

Following the international break, Chiefs’ next encounter will be against Masandawana, in a must win game for both sides.