Pienaar: Why I Chose To Retire
Steven Pienaar Has Explained His Decision To Retire
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.
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.