Absa Premiership

Chiefs: Teams score goals

2014-10-24 09:05
Bernard Parker (Supplied)
Bernard Parker (Supplied)
Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter insists he is not concerned by his strikers' lack of goals this season, stating that getting on the score sheet is not the only way to impress.

Amakhosi boast the second most prolific attack in the Premiership this season with 13 goals from their first nine matches, although the majority of those have come from the midfielder, most notably through Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Mandla Masango and George Lebese.

Strikers Kingston Nkhatha, Bernard Parker and Siphelele Mthembu, meanwhile, have managed just one strike between themselves this term, but Baxter is nowhere close to panicking and reminded the critics that football is a team sport.

Baxter, whose side saw their 100 percent start to the campaign ended after the 1-1 draw against Moroka Swallows on Wednesday, said: "Our strikers are still doing a good job. I took Kingston off against Swallows because after his illness he was a bit jaded.

"I'll be worried about the strikers if they make it a worry. As long as we're scoring from other areas I'm not too worried. But when I see the strikers making it a confidence thing, then it's a concern."

Chiefs have been without last season's top scorer Parker for the majority of this campaign, having had to recover a lengthy injury before suffering a bruised bone which ruled him out of the Swallows match.

The Bafana Bafana international is, hwoever, expected to return this weekend when Chiefs take on Platinum Stars in the Telkom Knockout quarter-finals.

"Bernard had that scan. The advice we had was not to risk him against Swallows, because that could have meant losing him for another month," Baxter said.

"He joined normal training this morning (yesterday) and had no problem. So I guess he'll step that up and be available (for Sunday)."


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