Kaizer Chiefs striker Bernard Parker says he feels happy after extending his contract with the Naturena-based giants.
“I am very happy that the club has continued my stay. Being at Kaizer Chiefs for so long has been the highlight of my career. I have always donned the jersey with pride and played with my heart on my sleeve,” Parker was quoted as saying by Phakaaathi.
The former Bafana Bafana star has been with Chiefs since the 2011/12 season and remains one of the key members of the squad under German coach Ernst Middendorp.
“I have never looked anywhere else. The coach told me how important a player I am to the team with the leadership and experience I have,” he added.
“He mentioned that I have played at the highest level. He said that’s how important I am to the club and I want to thank him for the belief,” said Parker.
“It’s interesting now, from Team 1 to Team 16. Some teams are fighting to stay in the league, others are fighting for a top-eight finish… the title is wide open and others are fighting for the title,” he continued.
Amakhosi occupy the seventh spot on the league standings - eight points behind log leaders, Mamelodi Sundowns.
“Maritzburg are fighting for their lives and they will come with a lot of energy. They need the points as much as we do,” he added.
“But we know if we win our remaining matches we will see where we can stand at the end of the season. We know Maritzburg, we have profiled them and they add a lot of numbers in attack wanting the result desperately but it is for us to identify spaces and exploit them,” concluded the former FC Twente forward.