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Parker laments Bafana snub

2011-11-10 11:30

Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs striker Bernard Parker admits he will need to rediscover his goalscoring form if he is to ensure he doesn't miss out on future Bafana Bafana internationals.

The former Red Star Belgrade and FC Twente forward, who has only scored one league goal for Amakhosi this season, has been left out of this weekend's clash with the Ivory Coast and next week's tie with Zimbabwe.

He has, however, given his backing to his international team-mates ahead of the two games and revealed his delight after Chiefs winger George Lebese received his first call up for South Africa.

Parker told the club's official website: "I looked at all the possibilities that might have led to the coach taking a decision to leave me out. I thought maybe because I have not been scoring it might be one of the reasons. It is up to me to start working my way up again and score goals.

"I am fully match fit - however sometimes it does not come easy to be at your sharpest, getting into good scoring areas at a right time. I see this coming and I have no doubt that I will bounce back to my best."

He added: "It is very important that we end the year on a high following the disappointment of not qualifying for the African Cup of Nations.

"A win against Ivory Coast this coming Saturday will definitely give the guys a boost. I have no doubt that the team is capable of bringing down the Elephants.

"I am happy for George together with other young guys that have been called up in the national team.

"They have been doing well and deserve to be given a chance. George has also been doing well for the club and I am happy for him. He can be very important both for the club and country."

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