Kaizer Chiefs veteran attacker Bernard Parker is tipping the new arrivals at the club to hit the ground running and also help them to quickly arrest the long trophy drought at Naturena Village.

Parker was speaking during the club’s Carling Black Label Cup media open day earlier this week ahead of their high profile pre-season match against arch rivals Orlando Pirates at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Chiefs so far have signed four new players – Zambian striker Lazarous Kambole, Ghanaian anchorman James Kotei, another holding midfielder Kearyn Baccus from Australia but born in Durban and Serbian striker Samir Nurkovic.

They’ve joined a club that is under pressure to deliver having failed to win some silverware for the past four years and Parker expects them to fire  immediately.

Parker is the second longest serving player at Chiefs after captain Itumeleng Khune, he’s now going into his ninth season with Amakhosi and he’s warned players from previous season that their starting berths are not guaranteed.

Chiefs midfielder George Maluleka says Saturday’s Carling Black Label Cup match against Orlando Pirates will set the tone for the new 2019/2020 season.

Maluleka is also impressed by the quality of the new arrivals with players like Kearyn Baccus and James Kotei, set to compete with him directly for a starting berth.

All eyes are on the Zambian international striker Lazarous Kambole who arrives at Amakhosi on the back of an impressive six-year spell at Zesco United.

He will lead the attack with newsman of the moment Khama Billiat. He promises to upstage his fellow countrymen Justin Shonga and Augustine Mulenga come  Saturday afternoon.

Kambole, who holds the record for the fastest hat-trick scored in the CAF Champions League, becomes the latest Zambian striker or attackers to come to the PSL together with Pirates’ newly signed player Austin Muwowo.

And he says he’s here to write his own chapter and follow on the footsteps on the likes of Collins Mbesuma, the late Denis Lota, Christopher Katongo and many others. – Reports by Velile Mnyandu