Cape Town - Bernard Parker has called on the South African Football Association to reopen the School of Excellence, where a host of the country's finest footballers first made their names.
Kaizer Chiefs striker Parker was himself a graduate of the footballing academy, along with Daine Klate, Steven Pienaar, Bryce Moon and Masilo Modupi, to name but a few.
However, the institute has since shut its doors, but Parker feels it will be in South Africa's best interest to reopen the school.
"It's a pity and a shame that the School of Excellence is no longer there. It really helped develop the talent in the country. I think if we still had the school we could have had more players playing in Europe," the Bafana Bafana international told Soccer Laduma.
"I appeal to SAFA to think seriously about the school. I am where I am because of the school and I am grateful for that. I would like to see more players like me in the future."