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Bernard Melvin Parker, born on 16 March 1986 and grew up in Reiger Park, a township next to Boksburg. Always actively seeking a challenge, he played a variety of sports,excelled in short and long distance running as well as achieving Eastern Gauteng colours in swimming.

A graduate of the School of Excellence, Parker made his debut in the professional ranks for Cape Town’s Hellenic FC, later bought and renamed Benoni Premier United. Bernard Parker made his national team debut against Malawi in 2007, scoring his first goal in 2008 against the same team. On 17 June 2009, he scored both goals in a 2–0 win over New Zealand in the 2009 Confederations Cup, and also received the Man of the Match award. He played in the 2010 FIFA World Cup and also played in the 2013 African Cup of Nations hosted in South Africa. Parker received the top goalscorer award at the 2014 African Nations Championship with four goals from three group matches.

Bernard Parker married Wendy Cherry in Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal, on 16 June 2012. The couple have 2 sons who both play football. He is currently a South African professional footballer who plays in the South African Premiership as an attacking midfielder or striker. Still passionate about taking on a challenge, Bernard also makes time to inspire and encourage young South Africans to work hard and aspire to achieve their dreams.

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