Parker: My whole life is Kaizer Chiefs
Posted: 23 May 2018 Time: 11:30
Kaizer Chiefs striker Bernard Parker can understand why players who struggled for game-time last season want to move, but says his own wish is to stay for as long as possible.
There has been some uncertainty around a number of players’ futures at Naturena in recent weeks, with certain individuals taking to Twitter to hint at their possible exit.
Following yet another lacklustre, barren campaign, during which coach Steve Komphela was forced to resign due to the team’s underperformance, the club have vowed to make extensive changes ahead of the new season.
With no outright confirmation of what sort of changes are expected, and the players themselves being in the dark over their own futures, Parker believes hints at new ventures from some of his teammates are perhaps justified given their limited opportunities.
“We had our last meeting last Tuesday and then we were told we’re officially on off-season now, so we left [the club headquarters],” explained Parker.
“I was not sure what happened after that, during the course of that week, regarding who’s coming and who’s staying, but Chiefs is so professional in the way they deal with stuff.
“If they make a decision, the media would know in terms of keeping you guys updated. As we saw throughout the season, players who were hinting and things like that – those were mostly players that weren’t playing regularly, so they’re also not sure about their futures.
“Anybody would feel that way [in that situation], so maybe they know or have spoken to the club – I don’t know. But, personally, I know anyone would feel that way, and players were hinting throughout the season on Twitter that they were not happy about not playing.”
Asked for his feelings regarding his future at the club, the Bafana Bafana striker asserted his commitment for as long as he is needed, regardless of his on-field contribution.
“Personally, for me being at Kaizer Chiefs, I am more selfless in terms of sharing my experience, mentality, ideas and my professionalism amongst the guys to help the team,” said Parker.
“So far I’m happy and proud that I’ve helped most of the front players in their game, which has improved and they keep thanking me in that regard.
“I wish to stay at Kaizer Chiefs for as long as they possibly need me. My whole life is Kaizer Chiefs, so I continue being professional, working hard and leading by example.
“I’ll keep sharing experience, motivating and mentoring, and being the best teammate I can be.”
'Hond' joined The Glamour Boys from Dutch club FC Twente in 2011, and has won two league titles, the MTN8 and a Nedbank Cup crown during his stay thus far.