Bernard Parker Believes Zungu Acted With Malice, Eyes Return for TS Galaxy by February

Bernard Parker Believes Zungu Acted With Malice, Eyes Return for TS Galaxy by February

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Bernard Parker suffered a horrific injury in October after a reckless tackle by Bongani Zungu
  • The TS Galaxy veteran has spoken about Zungu's intention and his return to the playing field
  • Galaxy boss, Tim Sukazi is also said to have stated Parker will be looked after until he returns

Rewatching a life-changing moment, Bernard Parker has reached a decision.

The TS Galaxy forward has given fans hope that they might see him sooner than expected after what many believed was his final moment on a football pitch.

Parker has also mentioned the man who put him in a cast and described the intention with which he believes the foul was committed.

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Bernard Parker claimed that doctors believe he could be playing again in February and that Bongani Zungu had malicious intent. Photo: @SibusisoMMhlanga.
Source: Twitter

The 37-year-old appeared on a popular radio station and explained to the host that doctors are working hard at having him return to the pitch in February

Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder, Bongani Zungu has come under severe fire after his tackle resulted in placing Parker in a wheelchair, if only temporarily.

Commenting on the medical prognosis, Parker told the SABC:

"The doctors say I can be playing by February/March, so I am focusing on my recovery the best way I can. My chairman said to me as long as the club exists I’ve got a place there."

Regarding Zungu, the veteran was reconciliatory but had an opinion on the factors that led to the injury.

Responding to a question about the Sundowns man's intent, Parker said to Andile Ncube:

"I analysed the whole situation. There was a buildup of emotions as well from him and it built up to that. This has happened to a lot of players, maybe I am the unlucky one at this moment. I am not angry at all," suggesting there was intent behind the reckless tackle.

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Parker demonstrated his speedy recovery

Sports Brief recently reported on an Instagram post made by Parker relating to his injury recovery.

Support has come from all corners, as everyone wants to see The Hond back on the football field.

Sundowns' Zungu has since apologised and his coach relayed how the incident had affected him.

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Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.
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