With the Kaizer Chiefs supporters coming again to the stadium for the primary time in a very long time, Bernard Parker might be within the highlight.
And never for being the membership’s captain in the intervening time or for his industrious performances. Parker is a participant that the Amakhosi followers identical to choosing on when issues don’t go effectively for the workforce.
He has borne the brunt of their frustrations a couple of instances the place the supporters referred to as for him to be launched as they believed he had reached his sell-by date at Naturena.
However all of that doesn’t faze him as he retains his head down and does what he enjoys most – giving his greatest for the workforce.
“That at this age that I’m in now, I’m nonetheless capable of give a lot to this workforce… All of it boils all the way down to this badge,” he says clutching the Chiefs badge on his chest.
“I attempt to do my greatest in each recreation to assist the workforce. I’m a workforce participant. The help of my household and pals has seen me by and most of all I’m having fun with myself.”
On the key of his longevity, Parker says it’s about being a consummate skilled, one thing he’s attempting to instill within the youthful gamers within the workforce.
“I practice arduous after which guarantee that what I do in coaching, I take it to the sphere and revel in myself. I’m additionally attempting to be a mannequin to the younger gamers within the workforce when it comes to professionalism.”
Parker just lately performed his thirtieth – essentially the most by any participant ever at Chiefs – Soweto derby the place he gave a Man-of-the-Match efficiency.
“Everyone was fairly shocked that I may give such a efficiency as within the derby at this age. It’s a superb feeling and topping it with a thirtieth look… However all people ought to use me as a mannequin when it comes to professionalism. That’s what I’m doing, I’m simply serving and having fun with what I’m doing for the membership.”
Parker will once more be anticipated to guide from the entrance when Amakhosi host SuperSport United at FNB Stadium on Saturday night. He says it’s a recreation they should win to climb as excessive as they probably can within the DStv Premiership standings.