Steven Pienaar announces retirement from football

CAPE TOWN – Former Bafana Bafana captain Steven Pienaar has officially announced his retirement from football after an illustrious 18 year career.

Pienaar who left Bidvest Wits after just six months after joining in July 2017 became a household name across the world after representing some of the biggest clubs in Europe.

“Today I’m announcing my retirement from football,” said Piennar in a video posted on Twitter. “I just want to say thanks to my mum, my family and all the clubs that I’ve played for and the supporters of course, how could I forget you guys.

“Thanks for the love throughout my career. Follow me on social media, there’s an announcement coming soon and you guys will be the first to know.

“Thanks for the love.”

Pienaar,35, started his career at Ajax Cape Town before making the move to Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam. He then secured a move to German side Dortmund before he moved to Everton in the English Premier League, where he was named Player of the Year for the 2009/2010 season.

After failing to secure a permanent starting spot at Tottenham Hotspur, he moved back to Everton and completed his career in England at Sunderland under the long-time mentor David Moyes.

The former Bafana Bafana captain also earned 61 international caps representing South Africa at the 2002 and 2010 World Cups.

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