Bernard Parker spent the international break writing his examinations for his qualification in sports marketing. The Kaizer Chiefs skipper who completed his last paper on Monday is now focusing on his next big test. Which will see him lead the Amakhosi out against Maritzburg United in the Telkom Knockout Cup semi-finals at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Sunday afternoon at 15:00.
Reflecting on the week that was Parker says: “I managed to squeeze in three papers, sports marketing, computer literacy and academic literacy. I hope to get good marks for them. But its good to be back and get back into the process and onto the journey that we are on. There is good energy and focus from the guys since we got back, and this good energy will hopefully bring positive results for us.”
For Parker, the break due to international games was good for Chiefs and has helped the team recuperate ahead of another busy few weeks. “The FIFA international break came at the right time for us after we had an intensive three weeks, from the Sundowns game playing Pirates twice and Chippa. It was good for us to win those games and get the maximum points in the league and also progress in the cup competition. The break was good for us to refresh and refocus.”
Parker now has shifted all his attention to this coming Sunday’s cup clash against Maritzburg United in the Telkom Knockout Cup. He is hoping to get to the final of the only domestic trophy that has eluded him during his eight years at Chiefs.
“It’s so important for us to reach the final. It’s do or die time. With the quality that we have and if everyone gives their all and is fully focused, we can do that. I think we’ve done that well so far and big ups to the senior players who have kept the guys close. We have our focus which is to play well and win, getting to the final will boost our confidence sky high,” comments Parker.
Parker has scored twice previously in cup games against Maritzburg for Chiefs. He was on the scoresheet netting the game’s only goal in a 1-0 win for Chiefs against Maritzburg in a TKO last 16 clash in 2014/15. He also scored when drawing Amakhosi level at 2-2 as they initially trailed United 2-0 in a 2015/16 MTN8 quarterfinal game – a game which Chiefs won 5-3.
“We have faced them over the years in crucial cup games. I was not really aware that I have scored against them in cup games, it will be good to score again. As much as I am contributing to the team, I would like to add goals to my game to help the team go even further. it is a psychological boost going into this game and for me to make something out of it, given the chance,” says Parker in conclusion.
Tickets for this important semi-final are available for R60 from Ticketpro online at www.ticketpros.co.za, Spar supermarkets and Edcon stores including Edgars, Jet and CNA.