Parker believes mental toughness will take Chiefs to the finish line


Kaizer Chiefs veteran striker, Bernard Parker is convinced that mental strength will be a critical success factor for the Soweto giants to continue where they left off before the novel coronavirus stoppage.

‘The Glamour Boys’ who are at the summit of the Absa Premiership recently returned to training at the Chiefs Village in Naturena under the strict Covid-19 protocols after almost four months.

The government gave the Premier Soccer League (PSL) the go-ahead to resume two weeks ago. However, the PSL have remained mum on the long-awaited resumption of the football.

Chiefs are chasing their first league title in five years.

While at home during the lockdown, Parker watched some of the European leagues and took note of how football restarted internationally. Picture: Kaizer Chiefs. 

“It was interesting to watch. It’s quite intelligent how they try to create an atmosphere in the stadium for the viewers, by using audio of supporters singing and giving the impression that there are fans in the stadium, as they do with the La Liga games,” noted Parker.

“It’s also noteworthy to see that especially the top sides, who have the best players, seem to perform the best. That says a lot about their mental approach to the game. Look at Real Madrid, who have really been doing great since the restart, thanks to the players’ mental strength.”

“It’s a lesson for us as well. To be able to keep our momentum, we need to be strong mentally. That’s going to be crucial when the league resumes,” added the ‘Amakhosi’ long-serving striker.

Parker is hopeful that at some stage the PSL will confirm when, how and where the remainder of the 2019/20 campaign will take place.

“However, we will take it one step at a time. At present, I am just happy to be back on the field.

“It really feels good to be back at training,” reflected Parker on his second full training session on the pitch with his teammates.

“It’s also great to be with your teammates again. It’s like a breath of fresh air. We keep distance at this stage. We do a combination of fitness and ball-work. It’s all very much game-related,” concluded Parker.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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