Johannesburg - When Bernard Parker scored Saturday's 15th minute goal for Kaizer Chiefs against Maritzburg United in the Telkom Knockout, a massive weight would have been lifted from his shoulders.
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Parker scored a remarkable goal with his chest as Amakhosi moved into the Knockout quarterfinals, beating United for the second time in a week.
But few would have been as relieved as Parker, who broke a goal-drought dating back to February.
He last scored a competitive goal for Chiefs on February 19, in a comfortable 3-0 Premiership victory over Bloemfontein Celtic in Johannesburg.
Eight months later, Parker has taken the first step towards rediscovering his scoring form.
Chiefs have played 32 games since Parker scored against Celtic. Of those 32, the striker was involved 19 times but failed to find the back of the net.
Prior to breaking his duck on Saturday, Parker had taken part in 12 Premiership games, three Nedbank Cup fixtures, three Caf Champions League games and made an MTN8 appearance off the bench.
All that translates into 22-and-a-half hours of soccer without a single goal.
Remarkably, Parker ended last season as the Premiership's leading goal-scorer with 10 goals, despite not scoring once in Chiefs' last 11 games of the 2013/14 campaign.
The 28-year-old attacker had reached his tally of 10 goals in 18 games.