Bernard Parker says he is impressed with how quickly the new additions have clicked at Kaizer Chiefs and believes the club are in for a stellar season in the DStv Premiership.
Chiefs rallied from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Mamelodi Sundowns in their MTN8 quarter-final on Sunday, with Parker on the scoresheet, before the side lost in a penalty shoot-out.
“I did not expect, now that we’ve reshuffled and have quite a few new inclusions, that we would learn so fast and click so fast,” the veteran forward told the club’s website.
“It’s good that we are getting to gel this fast. With the Kaizer Chiefs that gave the champions a problem, I believe we can grow further and be tough to beat.
“There are a lot of signs that Amakhosi will be back soon in terms of the style of play and in terms of winning ways.
“It’s now up to us as players to keep our attitude and our game temperament levels up every time come match-day.”
The former Bafana Bafana star is also pleased to be playing in a more advanced position this season.
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“In previous games I’ve played as a midfielder and couldn’t get into scoring positions, trying more to construct and consolidate build-up play to get the team up to an attacking phase.
“This time I was playing higher as a striker. With the instinct I have, I kept trying to find myself in good positions. When the ball came, I was in a good position to put it away. It was a good feeling.
“I would like to add more goals, if I keep playing in a higher position. But wherever the coach puts me, every time you see Bernard Parker, he will give his 120% for the team.”
He believes there are plenty of positives to be taken from the Sundowns game, despite the fact they did not advance in the competition, and that should give them confidence going into Sunday’s DStv Premiership opener against TS Galaxy.
“The good thing is that after they got two goals, we kept our heads high.
“We kept soldiering on and motivating each other, knowing and believing we can come back. And we did play better afterwards.
“We started taking more risks in our build up in terms of going forward and it worked out for us.
“We kept them on the back foot and implemented what we worked on.”