Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs striker Bernard Parker says he had no hesitation in
signing for Amakhosi after playing his first game in the gold and black.
Parker came on as a substitute during the Glamour Boys'
penalty-shootout defeat to Orlando Pirates in the Carling Black Label
Cup on Saturday.
The former FC Twente forward revealed his delight to be playing
for Chiefs and cited more exposure for the national team as one of the
reasons why it was an easy decision to join the club.
"Joining Chiefs is a dream come true for me," he told the Sowetan. "I come from a family that is in love with Chiefs, so I also supported Chiefs from childhood.
"When Chiefs approached me, I had options to join clubs in
Europe, in Greece and Sweden. I opted for Chiefs because the standard of
the PSL has improved tremendously.
"I thought it better to come back home so I could be closer for
the national coach (Pitso Mosimane) to see me on a regular basis.
"Bafana Bafana are on the verge of qualifying for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations finals, I want to be part of that squad.
"I'm happy to have featured in the Soweto derby. It is the dream
of any soccer player to be part of the derby, which is one of the
biggest in the world.
"I came here knowing very well that there is so much pressure but
I'm here to contribute to the success of the club. I want to win
trophies with Chiefs.
"I was very happy with the manner in which I was welcomed at
Chiefs. I also met the club boss, Kaizer Motaung, who told me that he
is glad that I had finally joined the club."