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Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar has officially retired from international football

Posted: 2 October 2012 Time: 12:19

Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar is no longer available to play for Bafana Bafana.

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'Schillo' sent a message to Bafana coach Gordon Igesund and Safa CEO Robin Petersen late on Monday stating his intentions to quit the national team.

“It is with regret that I wish to inform you that I’m not available for the national team,” Pienaar wrote.

"I am proud to have represented and captained my country," he said in a statement. "There is a lot of very good young talent coming through and perhaps it is time for them to be given an opportunity.

"I wish the coaching staff and the players all the very best for the future."

Pienaar has served the nation for 10 years and Igesund says the nation must “respect” his decision to call it quits.

Greece-based defender Bongani Khumalo will now take over as captain.

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Previous comments on this story...

posted: 12:22 pm
You'll not be missed Schillo, you failed dismally at international level.
posted: 12:25 pm
aaahhh coach Modise? Yeye is injured. as for pienaar gooooooood redence haamba
posted: 12:27 pm
hamba, you never played for us & dont come back after few years like sdudla bennie
posted: 12:28 pm
its about time he never give his all like he does to everton.
posted: 12:29 pm
posted: 12:29 pm
Thank GOD it was long overdue we need young blood
posted: 12:32 pm
How can people comment like that against such a commited player, this player likes his country.
Thank you Steven for what you have done for your country. (Siyabonga Wright)
posted: 12:32 pm
Wow what a revelation from Schillo so the guy thinks Bafana is not good for him anymore, will respect ur decision hope wen days are dark you don't come knocking on our doors....
posted: 12:32 pm

what happened to Shabba becoming captain?

we cannot deny the fact that Pienaar was a good player who was never used properly at national level. I wish him all the best, what can Pienaar do playing alongside average players like YEYE,SHABBA,PARKER.
posted: 12:33 pm
‘Schillo’ sent a message to Bafana coach Gordon Igesund and SAFA CEO Raymond Hack. Raymond Hack was CEO three years ago. Robin Peterson is the current CEO of SAFA...duhhhh!
Da Optimal
posted: 12:33 pm
im happy he is gone. overrated piece of Cr@p, go away!!!!!!

Bin Laden
posted: 12:33 pm
Go F@k doing the same thing did by Benny Mc cowthy..Anyway you were never better than Teko in our National Team..Now is time for King Teko to claim whts his..
Dan ka-Mkhaliphi
posted: 12:33 pm
Igesund says the nation must “respect” his decision” to call it quits.

Am I the only one remembering the same Igesund, who went on his wrinkled knees, and disrespected one player's decision to call it quits, when he begged him to consider his decision, after dismally failing to win the No.1 goalkeeper spot?Gordon, double standards are not gona take you anywhere baba, treat all players the same.You are showing signs of failure now, you ought to earn the respect of all the SA players, byt not being biased and keep your own word.
posted: 12:33 pm
Tanx 4 quitn pienaar u did d country pround,u were jst useless anyway nxa.
posted: 12:34 pm
He has never delivered for the country May is better even Modise......has delivered for us
posted: 12:35 pm
This is going to happen as long SAFA doesn't act.First it was Benni and he came back after stupid coaches recalled him,next it was Moenep and Gorden went and back him to come now Pienaar no we are tired of this.Please SAFA act.
posted: 12:35 pm
who cares..?????
Bucsaway Trebble Champ
posted: 12:35 pm
When you're done with the English Premier League you can come join the Zebras they sign all Pitso rejects.Mfana plus you'll fit perfectly in the C.V Chefs plans.
posted: 12:36 pm
Igesund was saying there is no such yesterday now there is this. But life goes on.
Good luck to him and his future at Everton
posted: 12:36 pm
No!I think there is a lot of favoratism here the coach did go 2 Joseph whn he retired few months ago!then y not Schillo?
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