Kaizer Chiefs have congratulated one of their stars following his graduation from Boston College, making him the latest qualified footballer in the PSL.
Chiefs captain Bernard Parker recently completed his final exams and has since received his results, which confirm his graduation in his Sport Management diploma course.
The 33-year-old forward has since expressed his delight over his achievement as he joins a list of distinguished players to have completed tertiary studies while remaining active in the game.
“I feel so great that I’ve graduated. I am so proud of myself and motivated to do more. I look forward to studying further,” commented Parker on his club’s website.
“It is a year-long course and it taught us skills and concepts related to management, finance, marketing and law-related to the sports industry.”
With only a handful of PSL players having gone the route of tertiary studies, ‘Die Hond’ has emphasised the value of obtaining knowledge outside of football.
“Education is key. ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’,” he said, quoting the late former state president Nelson Mandela.
“It is important to gain knowledge. It makes it interesting and mind blowing to link knowledge with what you do in practice on the pitch. Key to all is a never give up spirit.”
Reflecting on the hours he had to put in amid travelling and preparing for fixtures across the second half of last season and the early stages of the current one, Parker explained: “I had to sleep early and wake up very early to study. My clock was adjusted to sleeping mode at 19:00 and waking up at 3am.
“I have already registered for a Higher Certificate in Sports Marketing to study next year. I want to share my football experiences with the youngsters in the team. Most of all I want to continue enjoying football.”