Bernard Parker has called on his teammates to maintain their self-belief as Kaizer Chiefs head into their all-important Absa Premiership encounter against Chippa United on Wednesday evening at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.
The result of tonight’s match at 18:00 will have far-reaching consequences in Chiefs’ quest of winning their first piece of silverware since the end of the 2014/15 season, with Parker describing their remaining two matches as ‘make or break’.
Despite taking a hit in their six matches since the restart, where they lost three, drew two and won one, ‘The Glamour Boys’ remain at the summit of the log standings with 53 points, level with second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns, separated by goal difference.
“We are well aware in the camp that the expectations are high, and the pressure is high,” Parker told the media on Tuesday.
“Everyone that’s got their whole heart at the team want us to deliver the title and that is the goal, the focus, 50 years celebration with what the chairman has laid and as players, we have come together.
“Our lives depend on it, it’s do or die moment. It is good to see that we have made that agreement. We have made that pledge that we are definitely going there with fire in our eyes to get what we are deserving,” added the veteran striker.
Parker insists that mental toughness is a key factor in the league title race. “Our preparation has been more mental than physical itself.
“The preparations have been going well in terms of us regrouping and tuning the mind in a more positive approach leading to the next match. Everyone is looking forward to winning and so far, so good. we will see what happens in the field of play when we give our 120%,” he said.
‘The Chilli Boys’ are not quite out of the relegation woods just yet and Parker says they are prepared and anticipates a physical game.
“The talk in the camp is focusing on ourselves. have been watching all the matches in the bubble and Chippa are not a giving up team they have been fighting for their survival.
“We know that it is going to be a very physical game we are prepared we have done our homework. Taking away nothing from the last match where I just believe we had no luck, we looking to approach the next match with the same mentality we will keep pushing until things happen for us,” concluded Parker.
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