Kaizer Chiefs star says ‘Thank you mom’

A Kaizer Chiefs goal machine says he would be nothing if it were not for his mom and the sacrifices she made.

Kaizer Chiefs star says ‘Thank you mom’

Former Kaizer Chiefs striker Bernard Parker has revealed where his drive to succeed in soccer comes from.

Parker has enjoyed playing the game since he was a little boy, and his mother made the key choice that would put him on the road to success.

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Given the option to either get new soccer boots or to get new school shoes, the young Parker chose school shoes but his mother seeing his passion overruled the choice.

Parker grew up poor but admired his mother for her hard work in taking care of her children.

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“Growing up in a township in a shack in someone’s yard. We got kicked out of there and my mom found a spot with only a door and no windows and 1 room for 3 of us,” Parker told EWN

“I love soccer so much. All my mom could afford was a pair of school shoes and church shoes which were both ruined because of playing soccer in them. So I had to go to school barefoot, my mom gave me the option of getting school shoes or soccer boots. I said I wanted school shoes and she said, no, we are getting the boots. I made a trial at the School of Excellence on the first attempt.”

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Still a star

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Yusuf Maart of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Bernard Parker of TS Galaxy during the DStv Premiership 2023/24 match between TS Galaxy and Kaizer Chiefs on the 20 August 2023 at Mbombela Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Parker may have a biography on the way but his football career isn’t over yet.

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“I found a happy home at TS Galaxy and I am having the time of my life there,” he added. 

“It’s such a humble family and we are all so close to each other and it shows on the field. We have sold a couple of top players, yet we continue to improve as a team and as individuals. That shows you the power within the family to thrive.”

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