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Sat Apr 19 16:47:43 SAST 2014

Parker hopes to continue fine form for Bafana

Sapa | 09 October, 2012 12:470 Comments
Bafana Bafana Press Conference
Bernard Parker during the South African National soccer team interview session at the team hotel on October 08, 2012 in Johannesburg
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Bafana Bafana striker Bernard Parker hopes to carry his club form into the national team when South Africa face Poland and Kenya in upcoming friendly internationals.

Parker is the leading goal scorer in the Premiership this season, with seven strikes from as many games for table toppers Kaizer Chiefs.

Having lost his place in the national setup, Parker was recalled and came on as a replacement for injured veteran Benni McCarthy in South Africa’s 1-0 defeat to Brazil in Sao Paulo last month.

Four days later he scored a brace to hand Bafana a 2-0 win over neighbours Mozambique in Nelspruit.

“I got snubbed by the national team because I was not scoring,” Parker said ahead of the team’s departure for Poland on Friday night.

“I want to be known as a goal-scorer, so I wanted to work on scoring, and it is working. I hope to continue my form for the national team. In South Africa, it’s unusual to have a striker scoring regularly, and I’m looking to keep that up.”  Parker hoped his Bafana teammates had enough confidence in him to set him up when he spearheaded the attack.

“As a professional, you always have to be confident and push yourself,” he said.

“At my club, my teammates help me a lot by passing me the ball. In the national team, hopefully they will have more faith in me to give me the ball when I have an opportunity.”

South Africa face Poland in a friendly international in Warsaw on Friday, and they square up against Kenya in Nairobi next week.

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