Moeneeb Josephs claims Orlando Pirates' players are more interested in Instagram than winning titles
Posted: 1 June 2017 Time: 10:58
Bidvest Wits goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs has tipped Steven Pienaar with a move to Orlando Pirates, while also unleashing a scathing tirade on the current crop of Buccaneers.
Josephs, who was named the Absa Premiership Player of the Month for May on Wednesday, previously played with Pienaar at Ajax Cape Town and in the Bafana Bafana setup, and suggests the midfielder could be back in the PSL with Pirates following his release from Sunderland in the English Premier League.
And, speaking after scooping the monthly gong, Josephs, who spent five years with Pirates between 2008 and 2013, said: "'Schillo' [Pienaar] is a big Orlando Pirates supporter. Big, big, big. Massive, massive [supporter].
"I think he can bring that spark back to Pirates; I am vouching for Steven to come to Orlando Pirates. Pirates need a player like him, not these players who are Instagram players ... they need a player like Steven Pienaar, a real star to come and turn things around for Pirates again.
"Many of these [Pirates] players are Instagram stars, they are not doing the business for Pirates. There isn't pride any more for the team, they are not playing for the team, for the Ghost [supporters], for the ancestors, as they say. They are playing for Instagram. Whatever they are doing at training is done for Instagram.”
Josephs knows a thing or two about success with Pirates, having won six titles during his time there, including back-to-back league crowns.
He continued: "Bring the stars, the real stars, that is what Benni [McCarthy] did for us at Pirates, they brought a big star and he turned Pirates around for us.
"I love Orlando Pirates, they have been good to me, they gave me a stepping-stone to play on the biggest stage and to see the players now doing what they are doing, representing the team like they are, with the fans hungry for success ... I don't care if they win the Nedbank Cup, with the type of football they are playing, the way they are going about losing games, and the next day they are on Instagram as if nothing has happened.
"That p****s me off, a team like Pirates needs more than that, there is not enough pride."