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Pienaar: Why I Chose To Retire

Steven Pienaar Has Explained His Decision To Retire

By Joe Crann - Feb 28, 2018 11:55 PM @YesWeCrann

Steven Pienaar says that he decided to retire from football so that he can spend some much-needed time with his family after a long career.

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The 35-year-old from Westbury has spent nearly 20 years playing across three different countries, plying his trade for the likes of Ajax Amsterdam, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur in Europe following his move from Ajax Cape Town back in 2000.

Now, after leaving Bidvest Wits earlier this year, ‘Schillo’ has made the decision to hang up his boots and spend more time with his loved ones.

Speaking to the Siya crew after announcing his retirement, the former Bafana Bafana captain says that he wants to make the most of the spare time that he will now have on his hands after calling time on his football career.

Speaking to the crew he said, “Obviously I want to focus on the next step in my career, but I also want to be closer with my family, including my mom who’s not getting any younger. I’ve missed so many years to be with them all, so now I’ve finally got a chance. I just want to enjoy every moment that I can spend with my mom and my kids as well.

“I’ll be between South Africa and Amsterdam now. That’s how I’ve planned it. I have a daughter and my mom here, and two daughters that side, so I need to balance it out. So we’ll just have to see how it goes in the next few months and take it from there.”

Pienaar did hint at an exciting development for him coming in the next few months, although wouldn’t be led into giving too much detail.

He added, “I should have an exciting announcement to make in the next couple of months, there are just some final details to be sorted out, but keep an eye on my social media. That’s all I’ll say for now.”

Pienaar, who was at two World Cups with Bafana and went on to captain them on numerous occasions, retired with 61 caps and three goals to his name.


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MSANDROTIC Joined: 18 Jun 2013
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MSANDROTIC Mar 01, 2018 10:52 PM
All the best to your future Schillo
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carl Mar 01, 2018 03:17 PM
Enjoy the rest masekind...
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Vusi Mdaweni Mar 01, 2018 12:45 PM
We wont miss u
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Nhlpato Mar 01, 2018 12:38 PM
@wash & wear hehehehehe wena starless cowporter u r always high wena ukawuza ziphi iy gada son hehehehehe ziyak bulala wena hehehehehehehe
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mapickamantsoe Mar 01, 2018 11:18 AM
i am not a South African, but I think this guy never had the nation at heart. he has done us, football fans, wrong. I watched his interview on tv a couple of days ago, he is selfish and he made decisions basing himself on his personal gain. and he is crying crocodile tears and I guess he has realized that he is no match for the young PSL players now. anyway good luck to him. he was a good player.
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fransdisco22@gmail.com Mar 01, 2018 11:04 AM
Three goals ijoo mehlolo ga e fele
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MSHUMAYELI Mar 01, 2018 10:57 AM
@SL_hated_donkey yeah you are right lastly Akayenzelanga nex i bafana bafana
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MSHUMAYELI Mar 01, 2018 10:55 AM
Schilo you were a good player on your days for club level ,i will differ from others Schilo YOU DID NOTHING FOR THE COUNTRY LEVEL THATS ALL....
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downzzz Mar 01, 2018 10:19 AM
Where is your wife u grow enough now
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downzzz Mar 01, 2018 10:18 AM
Byee schillo what a player
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STOANICIOUS Mar 01, 2018 09:40 AM
You played very well until the end, i wish you all the best.
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Thobeka Masina Mar 01, 2018 09:37 AM
he was a gud player I remember my brother playing soccer in the dust street calling himself Schillo...he had scored so important goals for Everton and so many goals..but I think playing to save Sunderland from relegation killed part of his foot...then playing to save Wits from relegation also killed his foot completely...he represented us very well as South African it's always so nice wen the the English Commentators say the ball is with Pinna the South African ...u were not wearing the number 10 for nothing ...I remember one time playing in Tunisia Wen Marc Van Heerden scored that screamer from ur assist that's the same day S Zuma asked to be substituted bcoz the guys wanted to win so he saw he was exosted...I remember evrtime players were fighting u were the first one to redeem peace...jct like u did in 2008 wen Katongo scored quick face half goals for Zambia nd Benni took Mulenga like a punch bag bcoz he was taking so long to get of the field after he was substituted...I have been ur friend ka Facebook .....wat a humble pcn u are ...wish u could do like Benni nd get ur coaching badges...till we see u on TV, Newspapers again only for the gud things though
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setlaboswana Mar 01, 2018 09:28 AM
@wash & wear, you are always negative man.
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SL_hated_donkey Mar 01, 2018 09:27 AM
Pienaar is lying. He retired because no team was after his signature. He belittled PSL. I think he wasn't training enough like others. He was always a missing link at Wits. Hunt had no choice but to bench him, and later release him.
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setlaboswana Mar 01, 2018 09:26 AM
Good luck with your future plans.
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LAPO_MOLEBATSI Mar 01, 2018 09:02 AM
@Pyton Thanks mate...
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StevovoEskalen Mar 01, 2018 08:53 AM
Ok boi we waiting for exciting news, you use to abuse Khosi and Rats in your time with Ajax.
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Mar 01, 2018 08:25 AM
U must return to Coach Abused helpless Ajax Cape town....i believe u might excel there
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Pyton Mar 01, 2018 08:18 AM
@PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN did you ever play in Europe, Did you ever score against Man United, Did you play 61 times for Bafana? Are you a Multi Millionnaire?
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EagleEye Joined: 06 Nov 2014
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EagleEye Mar 01, 2018 08:15 AM
At your age you already played at the highest level and your sell by date has long passed. You should have retired earlier .

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