Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Bernard Parker has admitted there is more pressure on Chiefs than Sundowns to win the Telkom Knockout, following the team’s loss to Ajax Cape Town in the MTN8 final earlier this season.
“We cannot lose another cup final in a space of three months. Sure there is pressure, but we are a group that can absorb it. We have to go out more than we did in the MTN8 final, with the right attitude, clear mind and take it with both hands,” said Parker.
“Definitely this time around we can’t let it slip through our hands. We want it more than anyone else, we even got a word from the chairman that he wants us to bless him with it.”
Chiefs take on a rejuvenated Mamelodi Sundowns team in the final of the tournament at the Moses Mabhida Stadium tomorrow, but Parker believes they are capable of upsetting the Pretoria side, who are currently five points and two places clear of Chiefs in the Absa Premiership.
“We go crazy for cups; Sundowns can talk all they want. But as much as they want it, we want it more. We are a cup specialist team,” Parker said.
“The spirit in the camp has been great. Everybody wants to play, and training is crazy, very competitive.”
Parker also added that Amakhosi will be going full-throttle at Sundowns, which will force them to make errors at the back.
“We can win it on their mistakes. If they get over-confident and if we get our pressing right, which has been a massive key in our game – going forward we can pounce.
“The thinking now is for us to get it. What happened in the past is in the past. We are focusing here now. We will definitely get it for coach Steve; it will be massive for him to win his first cup. We play for the team, we play for the coach, our families and most importantly for the brand of Kaizer Chiefs,” Parker said.
The game is a major one for Steve Komphela, who has yet to win a domestic trophy at any club after being outplayed in the MTN8 final in Port Elizabeth. That is one of just two games Amakhosi have lost all season, but that has not stopped speculation over the future of the new Chiefs coach.