Baxter: Parker's still got it

2013-02-12 09:18
Bernard Parker (Gallo)
Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter says he is not at all concerned about Bernard Parker's complete lack of goals for Bafana Bafana during the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

According to the website, the Amakhosi striker headed into the continental showpiece as the PSL's joint top marksman with nine goals to his name, alongside Katlego Mashego of Moroka Swallows, and although he played all four matches for South Africa, Parker failed to find the back of the net.

However, Baxter, who has seven Bafana players back for Tuesday's crunch Premiership clash against Mamelodi Sundowns, firmly believes the former FC Twente man will continue his domestic form when the season resumes this week.

"Bernard had a slightly different role in the national team compared to the way he plays at Kaizer Chiefs. He was playing wider for Bafana, so he was not really in a position to get the goals," Baxter told Football411.

"It was also a step up for him in the national team so that perhaps also played a role but I do feel that Bernard had a good tournament.

"I have no doubt that if he doesn't get carried away, then he is going to continue doing well in the second round.

"I hope he will have an equally successful second-half of the season same as he gave us in the first round," Baxter added.

Chiefs, who top the PSL standings by one point, travel to Pretoria to face the Brazilians at Loftus Stadium on Tuesday, with kick-off scheduled for 19:30.

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