By Angu Lesley
Football writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
Kaizer Chiefs forward Bernard Parker has revealed the team is quite excited to be back in the CAF Champions league after a four-year absence and are cautious of the fact that they are representing South Africa and keen on making the nation proud.
“Good feeling to be competing in the continent. We are looking forward to a journey, our Champions League journey. I believe it is important that we start our journey strong, so we can have a good run throughout the competition. We are quite aware that we are representing Kaizer Chiefs and South Africa,Parker stated.
“The guys are excited, we have a few internationals who traveled in the last international break. So they have tested football across the borders. The rest of the squad has traveled around, it is not a new thing. The guys are looking to turn things around. We are in situation were we need to get ourselves back to where we need to be in terms of our confidence. Our team spirit is good going into the game, I think it will be a good one and I trust we will come back from Cameroon with a positive result,” Parker explained.
The Amakosi have had to watch without ease in the past as rivals Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns make their fans proud in the CAF interclub competitions.
They have also failed to win a silverware in the past five years and are hoping their seventh appearance in the CAF Champions league preliminary rounds marks the beginning of a new era in an already difficult season.
The Amakosi are back in the competition for the first time in four years and Parker believes the experience of their squad will be telling.
The South Africa international praised the quality available for coach Gavin Hunt and believes it is time to go out and deliver.
“We know what is expected, we know what conditions we will be facing, we are mentally and physically prepared. It is a blessing that we have so many internationals in our team, both of our goalkeepers are international and it is the same in defense and the midfield. Everyone knows what is expected of us. We have to go out there and perform to come back with a positive result,Parker concluded.
The Glamour Boys arrived Cameroon on Friday morning- they flew out of South Africa on Thursday– first to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia – and landed in Douala-Cameroon. After that they lodged in Douala. They will engage in 77km trip to the coastal town of Limbe on Saturday and train in the evening ahead of Sunday’s match.
In what will be the first fixture between both sides, the game at the Omnisport Stadium in Limbe, is the first of a two-legged set of preliminary fixtures, with the second game taking place next week Friday at the FNB Stadium in South Africa.
Chiefs lost their last game before departure to Cameroon on Tuesday against newly-promoted PSL side Swallow FC. The most successful Club in South Africa can boast of just two wins in eight games this season, scoring just five goals in that time.
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