Bernard Parker not happy despite reaching milestone – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Kaizer Chiefs

Bernard Parker of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates goal during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Versveld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa on 17 October 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Bertin Basson

Friday Dec 01, 2017. 11:00

Kaizer Chiefs forward Bernard Parker isn’t entirely satisfied despite having reached a milestone of 50 goals for Kaizer Chiefs.

The former FC Twente forward hit the half-century mark in a 1-1 draw against Free State Stars last weekend, but instead of celebrating the achievement, the 31-year-old explained that he is frustrated it took him so long to reach the mark.

“I have achieved something great. It’s a good achievement, although I am not entirely happy because with my standards and quality I would have wanted to have reached this milestone earlier,” Parker told his club’s website.

“I am now in my seventh season at Chiefs. To score 50 goals is great, but it’s not enough, especially when looking at what is the going rate of scoring in Europe, as that’s the top level and that’s where the standard is set.”

The Amakhosi have scored but 11 goals in 12 matches in what has been a largely disappointing and uneventful Absa Premiership campaign.

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Parker: Kaizer Chiefs eyeing major trophies – ABSA Premiership 2016/17

Kaizer Chiefs defeated Orlando Pirates 1-0 in the 2017 Carling Black Label Champion Cup clash at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Jul 30, 2017. 12:00

Kaizer Chiefs striker Bernard Parker was pleased with how they played against their Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates on Saturday.

The forward’s solitary goal helped Chiefs defend the Carling Black Label Champion Cup at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.

“It was a boost for us on the field and I’m happy that we came out with a win,” Parker told SuperSport TV.

“With my frontline, we created a lot of chances, we tried to break quick and we did.

Amakhosi will be hoping to win one or two major trophies during the upcoming 2017/18 campaign.

“But as we got into the final third we can be a little bit more ruthless, just 10 percent more and we would come out with a lot of goals,” he added.

“But other than that, it’s a learning curve for us, we are looking good and looking solid. This year we want to achieve our goals.”

Chiefs have now won the pre-season tournament title three times, while Pirates have win lifted it four times.

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Parker hands Kaizer Chiefs CBLC Cup – ABSA Premiership 2016/17

Kaizer Chiefs defeated Orlando Pirates 1-0 in the 2017 Carling Black Label Champion Cup clash at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Scent ition

Saturday Jul 29, 2017. 17:49

Kaizer Chiefs defeated Orlando Pirates 1-0 in the 2017 Carling Black Label Champion Cup clash at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

The narrow victory saw Amakhosi defend the trophy – winning it for the third time in the process.

The Buccaneers struggled to contain a spirited Amakhosi side in the opening stages of the pre-season encounter.

Chiefs then deservedly took the lead in the ninth minute through Bernard Parker’s well-taken shot with Gustavo Paez grabbing an assist.

It was nearly 2-0 to Chiefs in the 16th minute as Pirates goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane finger-tipped Chiefs midfielder Hendrick Eskstein’s effort over the crossbar.

The momentum was with Amakhosi and Parker’s dangerous curling attempt was headed out for a corner-kick by Pirates defender Ayanda Gcaba in the 40th minute.

However, Pirates managed to contain Chiefs in the remaining minutes of the first-half and Amakhosi were leading 1-0 at the interval.

Mpontshane had to deny Chiefs striker Paez with a decent save ten minutes into the second-half in order to keep Pirates in the game.

Chiefs keeper Itumeleng Khune was seriously tested in the 70th minute – gathering Pirates midfielder Mpho Makola’s attempt as the Buccaneers looked to equalizer.

Khune then produced a great save to deny Bernard Morrison ten minutes later and Ayanda Gcaba headed the rebound on to the crossbar as Pirates pressed Chiefs.

It was end-to-end in the closing stages of the match, but Chiefs held on to their slender lead and they emerged 1-0 winners.

Chiefs (1) 1 (Parker 9′)
Pirates (0) 0

Chiefs: Khune, Mphahlele, Mathoho, Gordinho, Masilela, Ekstein (Malope 87′), Katsande (Moon 53′), Maluleka, Lebese, Paez (Cardoso 85′), Parker (Twala 72′).

Pirates: Mpontshane, Matlaba, Jele, Gcaba, Phungwayo, Makola (Nkosi 75′), Manyisa (Mobara 65′), Sarr (Sangweni 53′), Memela (Kutumela 58′), Gabuza (Morrison 65′), Ndoro (Nyatama 58′).

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