By Isaac Ndou
JOHANNESBURG: With pressure to deliver silverware this season on the mount, Steve Komphela says that veteran striker Bernard Part still forms an important part in his plans to challenge for honours and hopefully get an extension to stay as club coach.
Parker made his return last weekend against Golden Arrows in the Nedbank Cup and served himself to a goal after missing five matches on the sidelines due to injury. Ryan Moon, Leonardo Castro, Gustavo Paez and Dumisani Zuma were doing the work in Parker’s absence, with Moon impressively excelling with goals.
“Bernard will help us. He is highly experienced and on any given day, Bernard can play anywhere. He has got football brains. He understands how to affect the game with the ball and how to organise his teammates by giving confidence. We will benefit from that,” explained Komphela.
Although Komphela is eager to have Parker in his starting line up, he admits he will not find it easy to make choices between the strikers he has at his disposal, although saying that it is a “nice” headache to choose from the mix of players.
“It is a nice headache again, but we welcome him back. He came through nicely against Arrows. He held the ball nicely and you could see a man playing with confidence, I don’t remember him loosing the ball and that’s what you want from Parker because he doesn’t lose the ball, he is deadly and will win a match for you,” concluded Komphela
Chiefs currently sit on third position with 31 points and will host fellow league chasers Cape Town City on the weekend in match that could prove to be influential to their quest of winning the league title this season.