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Fri Apr 18 17:43:05 SAST 2014

Parker too good for Clever Boys

Staff Reporter | 25 September, 2012 07:190 Comments
Jimmy Jambo of Kaizer Chiefs crosses the ball during the Absa Premiership match against Wits at Mbombela stadium in Nelspruit yesterday. Chiefs strengthened their grip on the top spot on the log with a 3-1 win
Image by: Manus van Dyk / Gallo Images

IF BERNARD Parker avoids injury throughout the season, he will carry Kaizer Chiefs' scoring responsibilities without any hassles.

The Amakhosi forward again proved too much for the opposition, this time Wits, scoring two goals to hand Chiefs a 3-1 victory against the Clever Boys at Mbombela stadium last night.

Calvin Kadi eventually beat Itumeleng Khune to pull one back for Wits in the 81st minute, but shortly after that substitute Lehlohonolo Majoro put the game to bed with another goal for Chiefs.

Parker hasn't stopped scoring since the Absa Premiership kicked off in August and he took his tally to seven goals in five matches - three more than he netted all last season.

Chiefs also kept their position at the top of the PSL table with this win, moving to 13 points in five games.

The Glamour Boys also continued their unbeaten run in the Premier League, with a record of four wins and just one draw.

Chiefs, coached by Stuart Baxter, didn't start the season as brightly as their fans expected, suffering a humiliating 4-1 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns in the MTN8 quarterfinals in August.

Baxter labelled that hammering as an eye-opener, and his side's display since then suggests the coach knew what he was talking about.

Against Wits last night, Amakhosi were clinical in front of goal and showed the same consistency as when they beat Black Leopards 2-1 at Soccer City last week to move back to the top of the league standings.

The experienced Clever Boys defence - made up of three former Bafana players - struggled to keep Parker and his striker partner, Kingston Nkatha, at bay.

Captain OJ Mabizela, Aaron Mokoena and Bryce Moon, who have 168 Bafana appearances between them, failed to communicate at the back, resulting in Parker's two goals.

Wits also had ex-Chiefs hard man Tinashe Nengomasha in their midfield, but he could not inspire the Clever Boys to victory.

His fellow Zimbabwean on the opposition side, Willard Katsande, kept him under control.

This defeat for Wits now means coach Antonio Lopez Habas has managed to register just one win from five league encounters since taking over at the club at the start of the campaign, and the team is 10th on the log.

With every game they play, Habas' newly assembled team shows that there's quite a lot of work to be done before they can be the title contenders they have set out to be.

Amakhosi skipper and goalkeeper Khune did deny Kadi early on for Wits from close range in the second half as the hosts showed intent to salvage something from the game.

But their best chance of the match fell to Matthew Pattison on the hour mark when he blasted his shot from inside the box well over Khune's posts after substitute Asive Langwe's hard work on the flank.

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