It’s funny how six months can alter public sentiments towards a player. Not so long ago, Bernard Parker was being hailed as the a worthy heir to Benni McCarthy's mantle at the sharp end of the Bafana Bafana attack, however, the young front-man has since struggled with form. Following an impressive campaign during the FIFA Confederations Cup, Parker moved to Dutch side FC Twente, but since his move to the Netherlands, he has struggled to find playing time.
This has resulted in him falling out of the top pack, but the FIFA World Cup™ will present him with an opportunity to prove himself all over again. Born in Boksburg, just outside Johannesburg, it was Parker's successful spell with South African outfit Thanda Royal Zulu that saw him earn a place on the wish list of many European sides.
And though his eventual decision to join Serbian heavyweights Crvena Zvezda in January 2009 may have raised a few eyebrows, should he be successful it would not be the first time he has proved the doubters wrong. Indeed, his selection in the World Cup squad might be considered something of a gamble for Parreira, but if you must, write him off at your own peril.