Bernard Parker determined to take Carling Black Label Cup honours

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Amakhosi and Orlando Pirates lock horns in the traditional season curtain-raiser at the end of the month, with the Bucs getting the number of their fierce rivals in recent times, winning both of the last two showdowns, albeit via penalties.

And Parker feels getting one over their perennial rivals early on brings about a vital mental victory ahead of the start of the season-proper.

“The Black Label Cup is a great game and a big event,” he tells KickOff.com. “Soweto Derbies are always massive. Winning the derby is huge and it automatically gives you that boost of confidence heading into the new season.

“It’s very important that we do get the bragging rights and that we win the game.”

Chiefs will be boosted by the availability of star duo Itumeleng Khune and Eric Mathoho in the squad despite their Olympic Games commitments, while Pirates have ruled out their four Under-23 national team players ahead of the one-day spectacle.

The Carling Black Label Cup takes place on 30 July at FNB Stadium.