Chiefs and Pirates Captains Parker and Jele Say Not Having Fans at Stadiums is a Disadvantage

Chiefs and Pirates Captains Parker and Jele Say Not Having Fans at Stadiums is a Disadvantage

- Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates haven't been performing well this season and their captions have revealed why

- According to Happy Jele and Bernard Parker, the fans are missing and that's why they haven't been doing well

- Both teams were expected to challenge the DStv Premiership title against Sundowns but have fallen short

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Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates haven't exactly had a good run this season and their respective captains are blaming it on not having fans at the stadium. According to Happy Jele and Bernard Parker, the Soweto giants are missing their "12th man" in order to help them win games.

Many fans thought that Pirates and Chiefs would be challenging Mamelodi Sundowns for the league but this is not what happened. Dark horses AmaZulu FC picked up a good run and have been keeping Sundowns on their toes.

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Chiefs and Pirates captains Parker and Jele say not having fans is a disadvantage
Happy Jele and Bernard Parker are missing the fans in the stadiums. Image: @KaizerChiefs
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Speaking at the Carling Black Label Cup launch, Happy Jele said that Covid-19 restrictions have cost Pirates the chance of competing at a higher level.

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"It has been difficult. We needed the 12th man to motivate us every game, it is strange when we get to the stadium and there are no fans. We hope the fans will come back," said Jele.

Kaizer Chiefs is currently battling it out to finish in the top eight and Bernard Parker shared Jele's sentiments.

“It’s been difficult without fans. We feel it as players. We do miss the fans. They are the 12th man that pushes us, and it puts us on another level in terms of our performance. It has been difficult without them," said Parker.

In other PSL news, Briefly News reported that Bernard Parker says he doesn’t want to leave his family, Kaizer Chiefs. Speaking at the launch of the Carling Black Label Cup on Tuesday, Kaizer Chiefs striker Bernard Parker says he would like to stay with the Soweto giants.

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‘Die Hond’s' contract is set to expire at the end of the 2020/21 DStv Premiership season and has reaffirmed his love for the club.

With Amakhosi yet to indicate whether they will retain or release him, the former Bafana Bafana striker says Naturena is where his heart is and that the club is his family.

“Chiefs is very much in my heart, the Black Label Cup is coming up and you know with football that even if you have a 10-year contract you are not safe," he said.

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