Parker – With Belief Anything Is Possible
As Bernard Parker prepares to celebrate a decade at Kaizer Chiefs, the Chiefs captain says that he’s feeling blessed as they head to Morocco to face Wydad Casablanca in the CAF Champions League semi-final.
Chiefs have surprised many with their performances in the CAFCL, having reaching the last four in the same season they reached the group stages for the first time.
It will be their first CAFCL match since Gavin Hunt was sacked, though new head coach Stuart Baxter will not be on the bench, and like in their last two league matches that saw them grab eighth spot in the DStv Premiership, assistants Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard will be pitch side.
Parker joined Chiefs in July 2011, and says it’s been a wonderful time at the club, where the 2013/2014 golden boot winner has lifted two league titles, the Nedbank Cup and the MTN8.
“Time flies hey, it’s been 10 years already,” Parker told the club’s media department.
“Won much, I think I’ve won every every trophy I would say. I’ve represented a country, over 70 caps. It’s been a wonderful career.
“And what a way to also be blessed with as well being part of the Kaizer Chiefs team, that’s going into the the semi final of the CAF Champions League.”
Parker says that with self belief and the talent in the Chiefs’ squad, he feels they can make more history by reaching the final.
“This is massive, this is huge, this is big, this is where where we as a team can can make history,” Parker continued.
“And it will be lovely for me to be part of this history in my 10th year and draw my experiences and to all my my lessons learned and to all my positiveness I had throughout my career it was for me to lead the team, which I’ve always done, with a big heart, with a whole lot of courage and belief and share that belief amongst the guys, so that the guys can also have more belief in themselves.
“And believe you me that with belief anything is possible, with the with the squad that we have. So it’s just for us to focus, keep our focus narrow, for the next two weeks.
“But most importantly, take one game at a time and going into this first leg semi final is for us to go in wholeheartedly with a clear mind and a fresh body. And everything else will follow, in terms of our quality and the techniques and the dynamics. So it’s exciting times and happy times.”