Parker honoured to lead Bafana


Parker, in the absence of regular captain and Kaizer Chiefs teammate Itumeleng Khune, skippered a second-string Bafana Bafana in a 2-1 friendly loss to the Warriors at Orlando Stadium.

The ex-Thanda Royal Zulu man scored the hosts' solitary goal, adding to the brace he collected three days earlier in a 4-1 World Cup qualifying win over Botswana.

"It is an honour to represent my country and wearing the captain’s armband on Tuesday was a highlight for me," Parker, with 17 goals from 61 international appearances, told his club's official website.

"I thank the coach (Gordon Igesund) for showing trust in me as one of the senior players. It was disappointing at the end of the day to lose the game at home."

Regarding his scoring form, which includes three League goals this season, he added: "I feel I am not yet sharp enough yet as compared to last season for instance. I am going to continue working hard on my sharpness."

Meanwhile, Parker hopes Chiefs can bounce back from a 3-1 loss to Premiership leaders SuperSport United when they entertain Maritzburg United on Saturday.

"We are looking forward to the game against Maritzburg United," Parker said.

"They have given us tough times in the past and it will not be different come Saturday. But we have set our sight on making a comeback following a loss in our last game against SuperSport United."

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