Parker: Award meant for me

2014-05-19 21:30
Bernard Parker (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs striker Bernard Parker has hit back at criticism aimed at him for scoring the lowest number of goals scored by a golden boot winner in the history of the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

The 27-year-old finished the PSL season as the top goal scorer to clinch the Lesley Manyathela golden boot at the PSL award ceremony held at the Sandton Convention Centre last night.

The Bafana Bafana goal poacher grabbed 10 league goals in the 2013/14 season and has redirected criticism towards fellow strikers for failing to overtake him at the summit of the leading goal scorers' list, instead, considering the fact that he experienced a two-month goal drought at some stage during the season.

"They should not only criticise me," said Parker.

"They should criticise the ones below me most for failing to overtake me."

Parker highlighted the 2012/13 season as a pointer to what should have happened instead.

Parker led the top scorers list for the duration of that season until he was pipped at the post in the closing stages of the season by then Moroka Swallows striker, Katlego Mashego, who is now playing his football for the newly crowned PSL champions, Mamelodi Sundowns.

"Last season I was leading until someone overtook me at the closing stages of the season.

"I think this award was meant specifically for me this season, which I believe is the reason nobody took me off at the top," he added.

As his reward for the accolade, Parker walked off with R25 000.

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