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Kaizer Chiefs legend might be forced to retire after suffering career ending injury against Mamelodi Sundowns.

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Mamelodi Sundowns middlefielder Bongani Zungu’s horror tackle on TS Galaxy’s veteran middlefielder Bernard Parker during the clubs’ Carling Knockout Cup Round of 16 clash.

Bernard Parker suffers career-ending injury in cup clash

Bernard Parker, the veteran midfielder of TS Galaxy, has been ruled out of action for the rest of his career after suffering a horrific leg break in a Carling Knockout Cup match against Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday night.

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Zungu’s reckless tackle

Parker was on the receiving end of a reckless tackle by Sundowns’ Bongani Zungu in the 58th minute of the game, which resulted in a red card for the Bafana Bafana international.

TV replays showed Parker’s shin snapping in an injury reminiscent of one famously suffered by Downs’ Dillon Sheppard in 2007.

Parker’s illustrious career

Parker, 37, has had an illustrious career in Europe and South Africa, playing for clubs such as FC Twente, Red Star Belgrade, Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana.

He is the all-time leading scorer for Chiefs with 77 goals in all competitions.

He also represented South Africa at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

Khumalo’s message of hope

Former Bafana Bafana midfielder Bongani Khumalo, who was at the stadium as a TV presenter for SuperSport TV, revealed his inspirational message to Parker after the incident.

He said he told Parker that he had been through something similar and that this was not the end of his career.

He said he encouraged Parker to focus on recovery and his strength, and to go back to what he loved doing, which was playing football.

Galaxy’s penalty shootout win

Despite losing Parker, Galaxy managed to pull off a stunning upset by beating Sundowns 5-4 on penalties after the game ended 2-2 in normal time.

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Galaxy keeper Fiacre Ntwari was the hero of the shoot-out with two saves.

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