Absa Premiership

Parker: Not only up to the strikers to score goals

2018-03-09 12:20
Bernard Parker (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs forward Bernard Parker believes his goal drought in recent seasons could be to do with no longer being played as a number 10 with the Glamour Boys. 

During his earlier career under Stuart Baxter, the 31-year-old operated as more of a central player and plundered 29 league goals in three seasons with Amakhosi. 

However, under current mentor Steve Komphela his numbers have fallen seemingly due to a change in his position in attack. In 67 appearances since 2015/16, the player has managed nine goals in 67 appearances.

As such, Parker has hinted that his different role upfront has led to a less prolific strike-rate. Speaking to reporters, the Bafana Bafana international said: "We have to do the business as a team, it shouldn't be based on individuals. It's not only up to the strikers to score goals. 

"For example, I played most of my career at the number 10 position, giving so many assists for others to score. However, on top of that, I scored a lot of goals. If a striker doesn't score, it's up to the midfielders and even defenders to help out." 

The outfit from Naturena are back in action in the Nedbank Cup last-16 on Saturday against Stellenbosch at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The action gets underway at 20:15 in Durban.


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