Amakhosi center forward Bernard Parker penned a contract extension with Chiefs a week ago. The deal will see him remain at the club until the end of the 2020-21 season. With his immediate future at the club secure, he is now focused on adding to the four trophies he has won since joining the club ahead of the 2011-12 season. His contract extension will see him spend ten seasons at the club. The player says his focus shifts is the upcoming Nedbank Cup campaign and their round of 32 encounter against Royal Eagles this weekend.
“I am blessed and grateful to have had my contract extended,” says an upbeat Parker. “This will allow me to leave Chiefs with further success, I have lived the dream here. I have always given my all here at Chiefs, and this contract extension is the reward for my loyalty and the service I have given to the team. I am glad to continue to be an ambassador for this club for another season.”
Parker now wants to finish the current season in a positive way with Chiefs as the club is focusing on two competitions. The player says he is ready to help the team do well in the Absa Premiership and the Nedbank Cup.
“Potentially we have 16 games left for the season; 11 in the league and hopefully 5 in the Nedbank Cup – we can achieve something,” he says. “I will try to use my experience the best way I can on and off the field to help the team in the next 18 months. My aim will be to win as many trophies as we can. It has been a long time since we tasted success, so we are just going to work hard week in and week out to ensure that we are successful.”
Parker is well experienced in what it takes to triumph in the Nedbank Cup. He scored the winning goal for Chiefs in their 1-0 win over SuperSport United in the 2013 Final. In addition, he played in every minute of Chiefs Nedbank Cup campaign in 2018-19 as they ended as runners up.
“The Nedbank cup is unique it throws up many surprises and we have been surprised in the past,” he recalls. “Looking back at the 2013 tournament and scoring the winning goal, I will say paying attention to detail in every game is important. We have the material to do well and our technical staff is taking care of all the details to ensure that we make it a memorable tournament this season.
“I am looking forward to the game this weekend. It’s all about getting into the next round. Since I have been here, the Nedbank Cup has been good to us. We know it’s not going to be easy for us because of how we have been performing recently, everybody will want to perform well against us. It is up to us to stay mentally and physically sharp through the rest of the season.”
Parker who has played 295 games for Chiefs will be hoping to pass the 300 appearance mark for the club in the next few weeks, and importantly he will be hoping to appear in a third Nedbank Cup final for Chiefs. His quest for a second Nedbank Cup winner’s medal for Chiefs will begin at 18:00 on Saturday against Royal Eagles in the round of 32, as Chiefs hope to keep up their good record of progressing beyond the opening round of the tournament.