Pienaar out of Bafana friendly

2011-08-07 16:41

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana's midfield concerns took another knock on Sunday when captain Steven Pienaar was withdrawn from the squad to face Burkina Faso in an international friendly in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

Pienaar limped off with a groin injury in Tottenham Hotspur's friendly match against Atletico Bilbao in London, England on Saturday.

"It's part of the game," Bafana head coach Pitso Mosimane said on Sunday.

"He missed the last match against Egypt due to injury and again he is not available for this one, but there's not much one can do about it."

Fellow midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane had already been withdrawn from the squad with a knee injury.

Letsholonyane was replaced by Oupa Manyisa for Wednesday's game, a crucial warm-up for Bafana's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Niger in Niamey in September.

Mosimane said South Africa would simply have to get on with the job, despite missing key players.

"We have to soldier on with the players we have because the show must go on," he said.

"It would have been great to have him (Pienaar) back but it's not the case.

"All I can do is wish him and Letsholonyane a speedy recovery."

Mosimane said he had yet to name a replacement for Pienaar, but vice-captain Siphiwe Tshabalala would take the captain's armband.


  • fireboy - 2011-08-07 22:55

    I am thinking this is BS but other friendlies in Europe this week will most likely have most first choice players playing. So the "club vs country-tussle" might not be the case here although I highly doubt it. For him to come all the way to SA to play a game (a friendly) is not worth the risk for TH. I mean, how unlucky can your best player be to regularly be injured for a non-club game. This is however not a bad thing, in my opinion. This gives other players the opportunity to gain invaluable experience. Pienaar (or whoever is in a similar position) will appear when really needed. Like a final or whatever :)

      TypicalDarkie - 2011-08-08 00:28

      I kinda agree, its a blessing, Pienaar does play as well for bafana as he does for his club, his heart is there but he performances arent always there, maybe he's a bit afraid to get injured.

  • Msa - 2011-08-08 06:06

    We have Serero,Jali & Manyisa.We have Serero,Jali & Manyisa.

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