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Rafa – This will be Stevie’s year

Rafael van der Vaart sings Steven Pienaar's praises

Posted: 24 July 2011 Time: 10:36 am

Rafael van der Vaart believes that Steven Pienaar will be one of Tottenham Hotspur’s key players during the upcoming season.

‘Schillo’ got his first taste of pre-season action yesterday, playing 45 minutes of the 3-0 Vodacom Challenge Final win against Orlando Pirates.

Pienaar’s first season at White Hart Lane was disrupted by injury, but Van der Vaart, who scored twice at Coca-Cola Park, says his fit-again former Ajax Amsterdam teammate is destined for great things in 2011/12.

“Steven is a great player and a great personality. I played with him a few years ago at Ajax. I know he’s from South Africa, but sometimes I feel he’s Dutch!

“We can all see his quality and I’m sure in his second year at Spurs he will play a lot of games and be very, very important to us.”

Pienaar himself was delighted to get back on the field, though he admits he still has a long way to go.

“Happy to get my first pre season minutes under my belt. Fitness levels still have a way to go but good to get the feel of the ball again,” he said on his Twitter feed.

Pienaar also had praise for the two Soweto giants, adding: “Impressed with the way chiefs and pirates played this week. Good advert for SA Football.”

Ryan Cooper Follow me on Twitter @KickOffCooper

Article by: AN Other

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 10:50 am
Meyiwa wil never forget Van Der Waart.
Sweyts',)
posted: 12:04 pm
Mh, Van der Vaart should know that Skilla is Dushi and not Dutch, unless he wanna be poked ekse! lol.

Eysh, what a said Sunday. Next weekend, the same...mh, so this is what 'Iron Rifle' Sokhela and Chi....'Bhathula' Guluva wanted by doing away with TCC?

Hope they're proud and richer, nx!
Anonymous
posted: 12:27 pm
Now u let grow of ur mouth jst bcos u scored a brace against my team.Well u wer playn against a team haunted by fatigue,I doubt u can repeat the same feat gvn another match
bongalisa
posted: 01:05 pm
ey lomfana ubukisile ngomeyiwa nx!
Anonymous
posted: 03:04 pm
Ushayi ndonda engumeyiwa uTeko uzobe ekwenza kanje meyiwa noKhune
stability
posted: 03:49 pm
senzo will never watch spurs or nederlands play again cause da prensence of VDV will bring back da nitemares.
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