Parker explains how he fought his way back into the Kaizer Chiefs team

Bernard Parker and Siphiwe Tshabalala - Kaizer Chiefs
The Boksburg-born attacker became the preferred man in attack for Amakhosi toward the end of last year, and he explains how he returned into the side

Kaizer Chiefs striker Bernard Parker explained how he got off the bench and convinced coach Steve Komphela to include him in the starting line-up.

“When you’re on the bench you know there’s something you’re not doing right. Being on the bench makes you question yourself. It makes you think about what you were doing right before and what you’re not doing right now,” Parker said at a Nike event this week.

He scored twice in as many matches against Polokwane City and Golden Arrows, and his return was part of conversations he had with Komphela on his game. 

“You need to have conversations with the coach to find out where you can improve, that’s what I did,” Parker said.

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The 30-year-old says he motivated himself after losing his place Zimbabwean attacker Michelle Katsvairo.

“I kept motivating myself and pushing myself, and when my chance came I made sure things went my way. I still keep my focus and stay motivated. In this game there’s no room for  negativity,” Parker said.

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Parker hopes to score many goals for Chiefs in the second half of the season which gets underway on Tuesday.

“I can’t tell how many I’ll score, that depends on the game time I get, but I believe in myself and the goals will come."

“This boot is very light, much lighter than the ones before. As strikers, we’re known for our quick reaction and being able to beat defenders. I think this will give me that edge,” Parker said.