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Bernard Parker. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

ICYMI: No ‘hurry’ to decide future of Chiefs legend Bernard Parker

Chiefs stalwart Bernard Parker is set to start working towards his coaching badges, but that doesn’t mean his playing days are over.

Bernard Parker Chiefs

Bernard Parker. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

The 36-year-old Parker is one of the greatest players to have ever laced up his boots for Kaizer Chiefs, having made over 300 appearances and winning several titles along the way, while he is said to have “set himself up to stay involved in the game” by going into coaching when he retires.

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Now in his 10th season with Amakhosi, Parker is still an integral member of the current setup – both as a leader and prominent frontline player.

Kaizer Chiefs interim coach Arthur Zwane has already suggested that if Parker “went into coaching tomorrow” he would be a success.

Parker’s representative Mike Makaab has shared further insight into the thought process around the veteran’s future, and has explained why there is no rush to make a decision one way or another.

“We are not in a hurry, I personally met with Bernard in Johannesburg and we are both in agreement that he is going to be starting his coaching badges, and that is something he is very passionate about,” Makaab told SABC Sport.

“I think, with his leadership qualities, he has a real chance of being successful as a football coach – we will wait to hear from Chiefs. Let’s see where it leads us. We have a number of options for Bernard, both within football and outside of direct football.”

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Zwane has also previously shared why he believes the stalwart has all the attributes to become a highly successful coach.

“I talk to each and every player and Bernard knows he won’t play football forever,” Zwane said post-match.

“He has hinted that he wants to take up coaching and I would advise him to apply for coaching courses. There are opportunities left, right and centre.

“I told him that he can go to Ireland as well. That’s where I got my coaching license and he can also get help from SAFA and I think CAF will now allow the coaches because the situation with Covid is getting better.

“We will try and help Bernard. If he wants to do coaching, we will most definitely help him. We need more people who are influential, people who can lead by example.

“He’s never been a troublesome player, he’s always been disciplined. If he becomes a coach tomorrow, he will be a good leader.”

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Parker has previously said he feels in good condition to continue playing for Chiefs

“There’s not a lot of 35-year-olds who’re in good shape like me. I feel like I can still go for a few more years but it will depend where I will be in future, but I still have a lot of mileage in my legs. I still have a lot to offer on the field of play.

“Before Chiefs no longer need my service in future, I’d love to leave the club with a cup, that’s my personal goal after we’ve suffered such a long trophy drought [having never won an official cup since the 2014/15 season’s league title].” Bernard Parker told SowetanLive earlier this season.

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