It was a school teacher who one day put his hands on the desk of Bernard Parker, looked him in the eyes and told him what an unbelievable talent he had for football. And for the now legendary Kaizer Chiefs striker, this teacher is one of what he describes as the many fathers he’s been blessed to have in his life.
'That teacher said he would help me to gain exposure for my talent, and then the rest was up to me,' says Parker. 'He took me for my first trials and I made it, and after that things started to change for me. Through God’s grace, I went into professional football straight after school. This teacher wouldn’t even want his name mentioned now, and he has never once reminded me that he gave me that opportunity. That’s how humble he is. When you get that kind of opportunity, you need to make the best of it.'
From growing up on the streets of the Reiger Park township in Boksburg to dribbling his way to stadiums on the world stage, to Kaizer Chiefs and being capped 73 times for Bafana Bafana, Parker has done exactly what his teacher asked of him.
When approached to be part of the Kaizer Chiefs and Vodacom Red Father and Son Sleepout, Parker didn’t hesitate to sign up to join 100 Vodacom Red clients at the Kaizer Chiefs Village in Naturena. This 31 August experience, which is exclusive to Vodacom Red clients, will see Kaizer Chiefs’ fathers and their sons connect with their beloved foot...