Kaizer Chiefs veteran Bernard Parker will soon have clarity on his future, although he is prepared for any eventuality.

The Amakhosi skipper will next week enter the final month of his contract and with a clear-out expected at Naturena, his agent has said that there could be a role within the club structures… but as to what that is, there’s no decision yet.

Parker is 36 years old and Chiefs sporting director, Kaizer Motaung Jnr, previously revealed that the board has mandated him with reducing the average age of the squad.

“We are not in a hurry, I personally met with Bernard in Johannesburg and we are both in agreement that he is going to be starting his coaching badges, and that is something he is very passionate about,” Mike Makaab of Prosport International told SABC Sport.

“I think, with his leadership qualities, he has a real chance of being successful as a football coach – we will wait to hear from Chiefs. Let’s see where it leads us. We have a number of options for Bernard, both within football and outside of direct football.”

Asked recently whether he would have plans for Parker in the team, should he be made permanent head coach, Arthur Zwane, who finished the 2021/22 season as the Amakhosi interim mentor, spoke more about helping the player transition into coaching.

Zwane himself was a Chiefs player before taking up coaching within the club structures in 2016 and has often been roped into work with the senior team.

“[Parker’s] planning for his life after football has been done very carefully, with incredible input from him…so, Bernard is fine, whatever happens. There could be a different role at the club but I haven’t sat down to discuss this with them,” Makaab explained.

“But I’ve had a long discussion with Bernard and the good thing is, whatever comes his way, we have a number of options and that is exciting. He has prepared himself very well for the day that he says ‘I am hanging up my boots’.”

Parker joined Chiefs in 2011 after leaving FC Twente in Holland, and has helped the club to two league titles, a Nedbank Cup and an MTN8 title.

By Mazola Molefe

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