Sun. May 19th, 2019

Bernard Parker confident Chiefs can finish miserable season on a high

Bernard Parker of Kaizer Chiefs.It’s been a tough old season for Kaizer Chiefs, and striker Bernard Parker is hoping they can sweeten it by finishing strong.

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Kaizer Chiefs cannot finish higher than their current log position of seventh place, but veteran forward Bernard Parker is confident they can at least consolidate their top-eight spot with one league game left to play.

The once-mighty Amakhosi have had a season to forget, only managing 39 points in the 29 matches played so far, and have now gone six games without a league victory.

This was thanks to a one-all draw at home to relegation candidates Free State Stars, who took the lead in the early stages of the second half after a defensive lapse, before Daniel Cardoso equalised from the penalty spot just after the hour mark.

Parker, who’s been a constant feature throughout the season, lauded his teammates for their never-say-die attitude, and hopes to take that fighting spirit to the season’s two remaining fixtures – where they face Chippa United in the league before contesting the Nedbank Cup final against first-division outfit TS Galaxy in two weeks time.

“We suffered a lapse in concentration and gifted them a goal,” Parker told the Kaizer Chiefs website.

“Credit to my teammates though. We didn’t give up. We got the equaliser and, accordingly, we continued to press them, looking for the winner, but the result didn’t go our way.

“It is done and dusted now. We will take the positives from this game towards the next, which is an important match against Chippa United.

“We want to finish the season on a high. Chippa will be desperate for points to stay in the league, while we want to consolidate a top eight finish. We have to win the game to boost our confidence ahead of the Nedbank Cup Final.”

Chiefs and Chippa square off at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday, 11 May a week before the Soweto giants shift their focus to the Nedbank Cup final at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

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