- Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt has expressed delight at experienced Parker's role in the midfield against the Buccaneers
- Hunt's sentiments suggest he will have options in the heart of the park as they look to finish the season on a high
- The coach's reaction comes amid the seasoned campaigner's undecided future with Naturena
Kaizer Chiefs manager Gavin Hunt has showered veteran striker Bernard Parker with praise following an 'outstanding' display against Orlando Pirates last weekend.
The Cape Town-born coach believes 'Die Hond' - as Parker is known to his admirers - gave a good shift considering they had a limited choice in the heart of the park.
Wearing the captain's armband at the FNB Stadium, Amakhosi managed to end their winless run against the Buccaneers through a solitary goal courtesy of striker Samir Nurkovic.
The Glamour Boys have succumbed to three defeats in all competitions against Josef Zinnbauer's troops this season and the win on Sunday has seemingly brought a much-desired relief at Naturena. Hunt said after the match:
"Outstanding in midfield. Obviously, we didn't have any midfield players really and we played him there. I've been playing him in midfield for the last couple of games and he's been excellent for us.
"He was excellent in Angola; unbelievable in the previous game as well, so he's been very good in midfield and he gave us a real honest performance, so that was good."
Hunt's sentiments come immediately after the 2010 FIFA World Cup campaigner made headlines in the past few weeks.
Media reports suggested that the Reiger Park-born star could leave the club where he is deemed surplus to requirements as the club is planning a major overhaul preparing for the next season.
However, it remains to be seen if Hunt's impressions could have an impact on the management's decision come to the end of the current season.
With Chiefs left with 11 matches to finish the 2020/21 DStv Premiership season, the 35-year-old will see his existing contract expire at the end of this term.
Apart from Parker, speculation is rife that midfielder Willard Katsande, defenders Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya and Yagan Sasman are also set to part ways with the club.
Briefly.co.za also reported that Hunt is not planning to lose one of his creative players in the form of Khama Billiat, saying he is still part of his plans.
The Amakhosi mentor explained the Zimbabwean international is currently nursing a broken leg but he is still a key figure of his team despite media reports suggesting otherwise.
'King Khama' has been heavily linked with a move away from the Soweto giants in recent times but the former Bidvest Wits manager says he doesn't know where the reports linking the 30-year-old with the move come from.
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