An outgoing Kaizer Chiefs defender believes the club’s decision to put an end to their relationship with Bernard Parker is a big blunder.

The outspoken Daniel Cardoso, who formed part of the 10 players released by Chiefs most recently, said he was shocked to see Parker’s name on the list.

“I mean, Parker has been part of the furniture for longer than I was, and I didn’t expect him to be on the list that was let go at all,” said Cardoso in his interview in the latest Soccer Laduma, edition 1278. 

Parker spent 11 seasons at Naturena, having joined the club from FC Twente. He won two Premiership titles, the Nedbank Cup and MTN8, after playing 359 games and scoring 62 goals.

However, he had a love-hate relationship with the fans, who wanted him to be shown the exit door.

“He’s one of the main attractions at the club, and letting him go is also a very big loss for Kaizer Chiefs.

They could have roped him in as a player and coach in the development, which would have helped the club big time with all the experience he has.

He’s a big loss for (the) KC family because he’s done exceptionally well there,” added Cardoso.

There has been a massive clear-out at Chiefs after the appointment of Arthur Zwane as the club’s head coach, and Cardoso suggested that it will be difficult for Amakhosi to find his replacement.

“There have been many players like me, and there will still be many players like me who will join Chiefs,” he said.

“I think the biggest thing about me is my versatility. You know I can play left-back, right back, centre-back, centre-mid, holding midfield, and I just hope they can find a player that can be versatile.

It is the same thing with Bernard Parker, who can play anywhere, and that’s another senior player.”


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