Bafana Bafana

Parker hails SA 'freshness'

2013-06-12 14:16
Bernard Parker (Gallo)
Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs striker Bernard Parker believes the mood in the South Africa camp is the best he has experienced since Gordon Igesund took charge last year.

According to the Football411 website, Bafana Bafana have managed seven wins, three draws and four defeats under Igesund, with the former Moroka Swallows coach having also steered them to the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals earlier this year, where they were knocked out on penalties by Mali.

Their three losses came against Brazil, Poland and Zambia, with the South Africans losing only by one goal each time after producing a solid performance.

Parker, who has been in fine form in front of goal for club and country for the last 12 months, has a highlighted a renewed positivity and "freshness" about Bafana that has previously not been there.

"From the last year or year before, the team is fresher. We are together. We are motivated. We focus more on ourselves than the opponent, and I think that's important," he told the Sowetan ahead Sunday's crunch 2014 World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia.

The Amakhosi hitman was on target against the Central African Republic at the weekend, but isn't resting on his laurels as he reckons every one of his team-mates is eager to impress for their country.

"No player here is relaxing at training. Even the guys on the bench on Saturday were happy," Parker added.

"The coach has been preaching it all the time: "We are better, we are better, we matched Brazil, we matched Poland. If you believe in yourselves, nobody can touch you."

Read more on:    bafana bafana  |  bernard parker  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.