Steven Pienaar

Bring­ing his Euro­pean ex­pe­ri­ence to the Pre­mier League cham­pi­ons

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Mod­el­ling the brandspank­ing new 2017/18 Bid­vest Wits away kit, the club’s mar­quee sign­ing oozed cool and com­po­sure as he faced the me­dia for the first time since de­cid­ing what could be his fi­nal move of his play­ing ca­reer. Asked why he chose The Clever Boys ahead of other op­tions, Steven Pienaar con­fi­dently ex­plained: “Ob­vi­ously there were other op­tions but, when I met with the coach [Gavin Hunt] at the [Su­perS­port TV] stu­dios, he showed more in­ter­est about my fam­ily and that touched me. “That made it quite easy for me to make a de­ci­sion and, ob­vi­ously, join­ing the [league and MTN 8] cham­pi­ons is an hon­our. I want to play in Africa as well, and that op­tion was on the ta­ble, so it was an easy de­ci­sion to make.” Af­ter tack­ling his way through the press con­fer­ence, and var­i­ous other in­ter­views, seated along­side me in his car, “Schillo” de­tailed his thought process be­hind his de­ci­sion not to wait on the “Iron Duke”, Irvin Khoza. Sources close to the Pirates camp ap­par­ently out­lined the prob­lems at the club, lead­ing him to re­alise that the en­vi­ron­ment may not be con­ducive to his hopes of en­joy­ing his fi­nal years as a player and pos­si­bly win­ning sil­ver­ware.

“GO­ING TOT PIRATES, WHEREWH THERE’S A CLEAN-UP JOBJ ... AS A NEW PLAYERPL YOU DON’T WANTW TO BE IN THATTH SIT­U­A­TION”SITUATIO

(Main) Steven Pienaar cap­tain­ing the na­tional team. He made 62 ap­pear­ances for Bafana, scor­ing three goals.

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