"Hond" comes home

By Drum Digital
03 November 2011

It's usually every soccer player’s dream to go overseas and play for a European club but in the case of this Bafana Bafana striker his dream was to return from the continent to play for one of the big guns in our very own Premier Soccer League.

Bernard Parker was tired of being taxed to death while playing in Sweden and not being paid for three months while sweating blood for a cash-strapped Serbian club.

He finally thought he’d found a good fit at Dutch league leaders FC Twente but when a new coach took over Bernard’s services were no longer required.

Then he heard how the South African PSL had improved while he’d been playing on foreign soil and his manager, Mike Makaab, arranged a transfer to Kaizer Chiefs.

“It’s been good to be back home – one of the big bonuses is that I’m closer to family and friends,” the 25-year-old sharpshooter tells us when we catch up with him at the Sunward Park Guesthouse and Conference Centre on Jozi’s East Rand, just a stone’s throw away from where he lives.

He pulls up in a stylish black BMW M3 early for our appointment – which attests to his professionalism ever since joining soccer’s paying ranks in 2004.

“I only recently came back so I’m still fixing up my place,” he explains.

Read the full article in DRUM, 10 November 2011.

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