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Parker To Meet Sukazi To Map Way Forward

  • June 20, 2024
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Parker To Meet Sukazi To Map Way Forward

Veteran striker Bernard Parker says he will meet with TS Galaxy chairman Tim Sukazi to iron out the way forward after the club showed interest in him to be part of the DStv Diski Challenge next season.  

Another player earmarked for the role within the club is Vuyo Mere, who has been playing football for over 20 years now since breaking through the days at Hellenic.  

Mere and Parker featured little with the club last season, as Galaxy finished sixth in the DStv Premiership, their highest position in the PSL.  

Parker sustained a broken foot injury against Mamelodi Sundowns in October last year in the first round of the Carling Knockout and returned against the very same Sundowns in the league match in Pretoria in April. He featured in just 11 matches in all competitions.  

Mere, who just like Parker won the league title twice, played just 29 minutes and that was the Nedbank Cup against the D’General.    

“Yes, I need to see the chairman,” Parker confirmed. 

“The chairman said he will see me last week and hopefully he will see me this week or maybe the week after. But definitely it will be before the end of the month to discuss the way forward. What he said to me was, as long as TS Galaxy exist, I’ve got a role to play in TS Galaxy.”  

But Parker, who has seen his career take him to Netherlands and win the Eredivisie trophy in 2009/10 season under Manchester United assistant coach Steve McClaren, still feel he can play even though he is in the twilight of his career.  

“I still got legs to go, I’m strong, I’m strong in spirit to bring anything in any TS Galaxy need me,” he said. 

“In the position that I’m in is the same position that I was last year terms of going for another season or in terms venturing elsewhere. But I will just have to sit down with chairman and hopefully we will finalise something going forward. 

“I will also have to sit down with my family and discuss in terms of planning what is in for us in the near future.”     

Ashley Makhanya, who was the Galaxy’s DDC coach, has been moved to another capacity with the club’s setup. 

“TS Galaxy doesn’t have a DDC coach,” said Parker. 

“Coach Ash is now head of development. Our head coach Sead Ramovic did recommend that he would love for me and Vuyo to be part of the DDC team and the chairman is delighted. He will give us the go-ahead if we like to pursue it. As I’m saying, we are just waiting for the call to come in and discuss.”  

If they take this position in the DDC, that will mean both players have retired from football. Parker, 38, who was part of Bafana Bafana during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Mzansi, is one of the top scorers for the national team, having scored 23 goals in 72 appearances.  

Mere, 40, is the only player still playing that was part of shambolic Bafana Bafana side that lost all three group stages in 2006 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, where they embarrassingly failed to score a goal.    

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