Parker: We need Benni
Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana striker Bernard Parker has come out in support of his under-fire team-mate Benni McCarthy.
Parker has been touted by many to partner McCarthy in Carlos Alberto Parreira's starting line-up during the Soccer World Cup.
However, McCarthy has come in for stinging criticism recently for being overweight and not fit enough to play in the tournament, but the 24-year-old feels that he is still South Africa's best striker and that his experience will be invaluable at the World Cup.
"He's proven to be our best striker over the years and we need his experience, Parker told SoccerWeek.
However, the former Thanda Royal Zulu hitman has called on the other strikers in the squad to step up and get used to the pressure of the World Cup.
"But you know his career is almost at an end and all South African strikers must start thinking that you know what I must be the next goal poacher of the national team and we must all get used to the pressure."
The FC Twente striker has lauded the Bafana fans and the impact them and their vuvuzela's will have on the World Cup.
"I always tell them that it is the culture of South African football fans, that it is in our blood and that they must get used to it.
"But besides that they are really excited about the World Cup. Some people here believe Bafana can get past the first round."