Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs striker Bernard Parker admits
that the CAF nomination has him feeling that he “very positive.”
“I felt good and smiled at the news of my nomination,” the striker reacts upon receiving the news about his
nomination in the category of the African Player of the Year (based in Africa)
in the CAF Awards.
The marksman, reigning ABSA Premiership Goal Scorer of the
2013/14 Season, was nominated alongside his countrymen, the late Senzo Meyiwa
(Orlando Pirates) and Bongani Ndulula (AmaZulu).
“When I saw the news I said to myself that I must be on the
“This is a sign of improvement.”
The African Player of the Year (based in Africa) award is
currently held by Mohamed Aboutrika of Egypt’s Al-Ahly.
“I don’t know how to
describe my feelings. It’s very positive. I am feeling better and better as a
player,” said Parker to the clubs website.
Parker walked away with the top goal scorer award at the
2014 African Nations Championship. He is South Africa’s joint-third all time
goal scorer with his tally of 23. Benny McCarthy is an all-time record goal
scorer with 32 goals to his name.
The winner of the award will be revealed on 8 January 2015
at the official awards ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria.
Other nominees in
Parker’s category are: Amr Gamal (Egypt, Al Ahly), Abdelrahman Fetori
(Libya, Ahly Benghazi), Akram Djahnit (Algeria, ES Setif), Ejike Uzoenyi
(Nigeria, Enugu Rangers), El Hedi Belamieri (Algeria, ES Setif), Fakhereddine
Ben Youssef (Tunisia, CS Sfaxien), Ferdjani Sassi (Tunisia, CS Sfaxien), Firmin
Mubel Ndombe (DR Congo, AS Vita), Geoffrey Massa (Uganda, Pretoria University),
Jean Kasusula (DR Congo, TP Mazembe), Kader Bidimbou (Congo, AC Leopards), Lema
Mabidi (DR Congo, As Vita), Mudathir Al Taieb (Sudan, Al Hilal), Roger Assalé
(Cote d’Ivoire, Sewe Sport), Solomon Asante (Ghana, TP Mazembe), Souleymane
Moussa (Cameroon, Coton Sport), Yunus Sentamu (Uganda, AS Vita)