The Bafana Bafana striker could not hide his joy after scoring the winner against Spain during South Africa's shock victory over the world and European championsBernard Parker scored one of his most important goals for his national team on Tuesday night, helping Bafana Bafana secure a historic win over Spain in an international friendly.
Parker praised Gordon Igesund's tactics following the match and stated that the coach's influence prepared and motivated the South African team to defeat Spain at the FNB Stadium.
"The coach’s plan was just spot on. The tactical plan [was] how we need to close them down. The coach motivated the team from when the international guys joined us when we came back from Swaziland," Parker said after the match.
"The coach motivated us from the first minute, telling us we are better than we can be. We showed it today. We were strong in the midfield. We know that they are strong in possession. But, we managed to contain them and we got them on the break.
"Now, I’m the happiest man because I scored against the world champions!"
Parker hopes that Bafana Bafana can sustain their current team spirit and confidence, as the side continues to build towards becoming a force on the African continent once again.
"I hope we can continue with the same team spirit. Our team spirit is just sky high, up to the ceiling. I hope we keep supporting one another and pushing one another on the field of play," the goal scorer concluded.
South African captain and man-of-the-match Itumeleng Khune echoed Parker's words after the match, by heaping praise on Gordon Igesund's tactical approach and motivational skills.
"I just want to say thank you to the coach, for putting faith in the players. He has given us his belief and his faith. We’re giving him what he expects from us and that is a good performance and a win. His tactics were spot on tonight," Khune said following the final whistle.
"We planned a lot times for Spain tonight, and people thought we didn’t stand a chance, but we beat them. We created more chances than them and we could have made it three or four nil."
Khune was one of the few players to promise that Bafana Bafana would beat Spain on the night, and thanked the team's fans for supporting the side, imploring them to attend more local games in the future.
"You have to be brave. I said we were playing at home and we’re going to take the game to them. We’re not coming here to defend. We did exactly that," the shot-stopper said.
"For me, personally, I just want to say thank you to the people of South Africa, who came out in numbers to support. This is what we want to see in our local football: People coming here and supporting the local teams. We are on the same level as the European players and we can do better than them.
"If we can beat the world champions, who is there not to beat? Congratulations to the whole team. We gave it our all and we really deserve the result."