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Parker – We All Want To Impress The New Boss

Kaizer Chiefs captain Bernard Parker says Stuart Baxter returning as head coach has brought new life out of the squad.

Parker was speaking ahead of Chiefs’ CAF Champions League semi-final first leg against Wydad Casablanca on Saturday.

While Baxter will travel with the squad, he will not be on the bench yet, but Parker says he is confident in assistants Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard, who he says have brought a spark back into the team.

After the club sacked former coach Gavin Hunt, Chiefs won their last two DStv Premiership matches of the season under Zwane and Sheppard.

“The change has brought life out of the squad,” Parker told the club’s media department.

“Not only on the field, but also in the dressing room as well. The guys are happy. Meaning I’m saying happy is that, you know, wherever in the world, not even in football, also in a working environment, when there’s change, we all want to impress the boss.

“So this is what the guys want to do. Now they just want to impress the boss, others who didn’t play nowadays is their chance now for them to impress the boss. So now they can get a nod. Others who was playing regularly is now for them to reset and also want to impress the boss. So that’s a good thing as well.

“So with Coach Arthur and coach Dylan, what they’ve done is they have brought the spark back in terms of belief, and that belief that will tick all the others boxes in terms of your confidence, your motivation, your courage, and all other ingredients that we need to play for.

“So after that we got the positive results, in the meanwhile, and now that Mr. Baxter, who has come home again I would say, knows the club in and out and knows the players in and out, which is also an extra plus as well. So it’s exciting times again for the brand.

“And we only want to work hard and want to work together and have a working relationship to get the brand where it belongs, and get the best out of each other as well for the brand to be where it belongs.

“On the other side, in a short space of time, it’s important for us as players to receive, grasp information, as much as we can for us to understand our roles, in terms of planning ahead for the semi final, and perform through the guidelines that the coaching staff gives us. So it’s just for us now to to go out there and be free. It’s important for us to to play free, to enjoy and to play for the result.”

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