Steven Pienaar plots maximum impact for Bidvest Wits
Posted: 18 August 2017 Time: 14:41
Bidvest Wits playmaker Steven Pienaar is getting on in years and is adapting his game accordingly.
The 35-year-old recently returned to South Africa after a 16-year spell overseas, which included stints with Ajax Amsterdam, Everton, Tottenham and Sunderland.
"High running with my age at 35, I don't think I still have it to run that much," said Pienaar when asked if his role will differ at new club Wits given his age.
"As you said, I just have to pick my moments, know when to go, when not to. Last week was a cup game, you come on and have to just give everything you can and that is what I tried to do. Obviously I am a bit behind with my fitness levels. I just have to be smart of how I'm gonna do things and take it from there."
He added: "Obviously you have to be in the right place to make the right decisions as well, that will save a lot of energy. You know if you are fresh then you can make the right decision."
'Schillo' made his Students debut in the come-from-behind MTN8 quarter-final win over Golden Arrows last week, and was pleased to get some minutes under the belt.
"It was a good introduction when chasing the game as well," said Pienaar. "The intensity for me was very good to get in a few minutes under the belt. I just have to take it in my stride now.
"Obviously I have to work hard at training and get the fitness in as well match fitness. There are two kinds of fitness: you can train the whole year and not play and still struggle. I just need to get games under the belt and take it from there," concluded the former Bafana Bafana captain.
The Clever Boys tonight host Cape Town City in the first league game of the season, with Pienaar itching to get one over 'big brother' Benni McCarthy at Bidvest Stadium.