We need to be more aggressive and shoot more – Parker
Bernard Parker is urging his team-mates to more aggressive, especially in front of goal, as Bafana Bafana face Ghana in their final Group C match on Tuesday night (20H00 kick off, SA time).
South Africa need to beat Ghana Estadio de Mongomo to give themselves any chance of qualifying for the knockout phase, although their fate is not in their own hands and will depend on the result of the Algeria versus Senegal match.
In their previous two matches, a 3-1 defeat to Algeria and a 1-1 draw with Senegal, Bafana Bafana were able to at times mesmerize their opponents with silky skills and intricate passing combinations.
But on too many occasions, promising attacks have failed to bring goals, and this is where Parker feels the team must improve.
“We are good as South African players in combining well and clicking in the final third. That is our strength. But I don’t think we take the initiative,” the Kaizer Chiefs marksman said.
“Maybe we are not aggressive enough. We try to play to our strength by trying to combine, and sometimes we do a bit too much in terms of making too many passes and the opposition end up winning back the ball.
“I don’t know, maybe we need an aggressive approach this time and to shoot more often. We tend to overdo it in the last third,” he added.
The 28-year-old Parker feels that the more efforts on goal Bafana can muster, the greater their chances are. “The coach has asked us when are we going to shoot. He’s been stressing on that and it is just up to us players to choose our moments. [Dean] Furman had a shot [against Algeria] that hit the crossbar, and some guys have seen shots go wide or on target. Maybe we could get lucky from a corner or a rebound.”