Uncategorized 26.2.2014 06:00 am

Strike-force to prove crucial for Chiefs

Kaizer Chiefs' forward Bernard Parker is embraced by Kingston Nkhatha after scoring a goal during a Premier Soccer League match between Kaizer Chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtics at FNB Stadium in Soweto, 19 February 2014. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Kaizer Chiefs' forward Bernard Parker is embraced by Kingston Nkhatha after scoring a goal during a Premier Soccer League match between Kaizer Chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtics at FNB Stadium in Soweto, 19 February 2014. Picture: Refilwe Modise

A confident Bernard Parker is what Stuart Baxter needs for Kaizer Chiefs ahead of the Caf Champions League encounter this Saturday.

Parker, buoyed by his Player of the Quarter 1 and 2, should be the man Liga Mulcumana must watch out for at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium for the first round of the continental competition.

Chiefs beat Namibian club Black Africa 4-1 on aggregate in the preliminary round to face Mulcumana who beat Madagascan side Cnaps Sport.

Parker and his striker-partners Knowledge Musona and Kingston Nkhatha have created a potent combination which has seen Chiefs consolidate their position at the summit of the Absa Premiership and also look the part to make a meaningful challenge at winning the continental competition.

“We have attacking muscle at the club as we have brought in Katlego Mphela, and Knowledge and Kingston have been fantastic,” Parker said.

“I am really happy for Kingston, he sometimes gets booed, and I’ll always tell him that I’ll give him the ball to score, and he will score.”

Musona’s form has been key for Chiefs lately as the marksman scored a cracking individual goal a week ago today against Bloemfontein Celtic. Musona has been used on the wing where he was not effective but in recent games he has been able to hit the ground running like he did against Black Leopards on Sunday as his lone strike ensured Amakhosi a place in the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup.

On Saturday evening, Musona is expected to continue his scintillating form in front of goal to see Chiefs qualify for the group stages of the continent’s premier competition.

In Musona, Parker and Nkhatha, Baxter has a strike-force capable of out-muscling any defence.

 

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