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Pienaar Confession: I Wish I’d Stopped Earlier

Steven Pienaar Has Admitted That He Should Have Retired Earlier

By Joe Crann - Mar 12, 2018 01:48 PM @YesWeCrann
Steven Pienaar had a long career that lasted nearly two decades, but by the end – he says – he wishes he’d called time on his career before coming back to the Absa Premiership. 
Pienaar, who turns 36 this week, played in South Africa, the Netherlands, Germany and England during his time as a professional footballer, rising to fame in Liverpool at Everton where he went on to become a major crowd favourite.
Having suffered relegation with Sunderland at the end of last season, Pienaar made a decision to return to Mzansi and play for the reigning league champions, Bidvest Wits, in hope of a final swansong in the country of his birth.
Unfortunately, things didn’t work out, and after just 252 league minutes it was revealed in January that a mutual termination of his Clever Boys contract had been reached. Last month he decided to hang up his boots completely and step into retirement.
In an interview in the latest edition of Soccer Laduma, ‘Schillo’ admitted that he probably took his career a step too far when he came back. 
He said, “Looking back, I think that when I got relegated I should’ve just said, “Thank you, this is it.” But I think every player will always have a little child in them that still wants to run around, laughing in the dressing room etc.
“I do wish that I’d stopped earlier now, but that little baby was still there and I wanted to give it another go.”
The former Bafana Bafana international played 15 games for the Black Cats in his last season in the Premier League, leaving the EPL with 21 Everton goals to his name.
Do you think Pienaar should have retired earlier? 


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bkanyod Joined: 13 Jan 2018
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bkanyod Mar 12, 2018 07:56 PM
the cow should have retired when he quits international football
Nteoooo Joined: 03 May 2015
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Nteoooo Mar 12, 2018 05:00 PM
Mxm. You were just a lucky cow. After embarrassing yourself in 2010 world you should have call it Enough.
STIGA18 Joined: 26 Sep 2015
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STIGA18 Mar 12, 2018 04:58 PM
U nst admit that joining Wits ws a bad Move
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No badges available Mar 12, 2018 04:48 PM
Dis are real legend in south african soccer. God bless u r Pinaar and have de precious time wth ur family.
setlaboswana Joined: 20 Mar 2012
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setlaboswana Mar 12, 2018 04:13 PM
@chiefs is useless, his career finished before pursuing that dream of his. Bad decision on his part as his dream remain just like that, "dream", if not a nightmare.
chiefs is useless Joined: 11 Jul 2016
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chiefs is useless Mar 12, 2018 03:43 PM
It wasn't a mistake schillo you were pursuing your dream of finishing your career at home and you did just that,you have accomplished a lot so you have nothing to feel bad about
swright Joined: 05 Nov 2011
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swright Mar 12, 2018 02:43 PM
Mr Khoza almost made a mistake but later realized that this greedy player is finished.
Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal Mar 12, 2018 02:10 PM
What a player love it schillo

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