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Parker desperate to end poor Derby run



Bernard Parker says he and his Kaizer Chiefs teammates are desperate to end their poor run of Soweto derby success when they host Orlando Pirates in the semifinals of the Telkom Knockout at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Chiefs have not won in their last 10 meetings with Pirates and should they fail to beat The Buccaneers at the weekend, it will be the longest run without success by either side in Derby history.

“We know what is at stake,” Parker said. “We will go all out to get a positive result.”

Chiefs were beaten 2-1 in a league clash last month, a scoreline that slightly flattered them as Pirates also missed a penalty and had other good chances toi score.

“You can’t compare the two matches. The one was a league clash, while this is a cup match. This is a must-win game for us,” Parker said.

“We have always done well in cup competitions, even though we hit a bit of a slump in recent years. But that happens to all big clubs. It’s now about how we go back to our winning ways.”

Parker says there will be no surprises come Saturday as both teams know each other well, and adds it could come down to execution on the day.

“We know what to expect from our opponent and how they will come at us. We will take a lot of positives from our last game into this one,” he said.

“The good thing about this match is that we feel the pain from the loss in October. It’s still fresh in our minds. That loss will be an additional motivating factor going into the game. We want to set things right.”



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