Parker praises new Kaizer Chiefs coach

Bernard Parker. Pic: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images.

Bernard Parker. Pic: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images.

Bernard Parker says Steve Komphela has won the hearts of the Kaizer Chiefs players.

Parker said the new coach has his team-mates in awe ahead of the coming campaign where they plan to defend the Absa Premiership and the MTN8 titles they won last season.

“The coach has been motivating us to improve,” Parker told the Chiefs website, “both as a team and as individuals. Doctor Khumalo, as the assistant-coach, is also helping out in this regard.”
Parker’s new coach takes over from Stuart Baxter, who has since moved to Turkey.

Baxter’s shoes are big ones to fill given his huge success in a short period in Naturena.

In three years, the former Bafana Bafana coach won the league twice, the Nedbank Cup and the MTN8 trophies for Amakhosi, while Komphela has yet to win silverware in his 12 years as a coach.
Parker has already seen more than just a coach in the former Maritzburg United man.

“Komphela is very much a father figure kind of coach, we enjoy working with him,” Parker said.

Komphela and Parker worked together before at international level when the coach was in charge of the national Under-23 side and at Bafana Bafana.

Expectations are that Chiefs should continue from where they left off last season because Komphela, to a certain degree, is Baxter’s student.

The duo worked together at international level when Komphela was assistant to Baxter at Bafana 10 years ago and that’s what makes many assume Amakhosi may not drift away from the “Baxter way” which was very profitable for them.

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