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Pienaar shows off selfish side

2012-05-29 14:10

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana captain Steven Pienaar has lauded David Moyes after he was advised by the Everton manager to be more selfish.

Pienaar had an outstanding six-month loan back at his former club, from Tottenham Hotspur, where his all-round play improved after a poor, injury-marred year.

"I've been working hard after coming back from my injury," the creative midfielder said ahead of South Africa's opening 2014 Soccer World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia on Sunday.

"I went back to Everton and sat down with the coach and had a chat.

"He (Moyes) wanted me to get into the box more and be more selfish (in front of goal)."

With the national side having struggled up front in the last year, Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane said this week that the contribution from midfield was critical.

"Pienaar has improved. He goes in there now and takes shots," Mosimane said.

"It's good for the team because for us it's not about (Katlego) Mphela and (Siyabonga) Nomvethe getting goals.

"(Siphiwe) Tshabalala is also scoring goals and (Siyabonga) Sangweni is also scoring from the back.

"We need more goals from everyone."

Mosimane felt that 11 from a possible 18 points would be good enough to finish top of their group and advance to the next qualifying stage.

Claiming six points over Ethiopia this weekend and Botswana next week will be crucial ahead of their next meeting with Central African Republic next year March.

Pienaar, though, warned against underestimating their first two opponents.

The plucky East Africans are expected to hold their own, while Botswana are still buoyed by their first Africa Cup of Nations appearance earlier this year.

"There are no easy games in football anymore," Pienaar said.

"I know Ethiopia won't be easy when we face them, but it's a crucial game for us because these points are vital."

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Comments
  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-29 14:47

    Bafana's single biggest problem is scoring goals- lets hope they get it right in this qualifying otherwise our hearts will be broken again

      graham.plessis - 2012-05-29 15:59

      Need to play Pienaar as a left wing forward so he can cut inside and take shots. A 4-3-3 with a defensive midfielder

      Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-05-29 19:19

      You are right Louis! Goal scoring. Our boys can do everything else. I have never watched a Bafana game where they were defending 90mins. We always have the ball and go forward, even when playing against world giants. Just our finishing. Maybe we should go buy 3 Brazilian strikers. Bring them here to play in PSL til they qualify to represent SA.

  • pheello.lucas - 2012-05-29 21:27

    Pitso is the worst coach, he is already talking about 11 out of 18 points? You must aim hight coach so that you fall somewhere in the middle

  • pheello.lucas - 2012-05-29 21:32

    One other problem as a coach you can't just say that you only have 1 striker. It is an insult to other players. Pitso plays Mphela even when is not performing!!! In soccer you need to take risks coach, Jomo played unknown Bennie and he went to score 4 goals and Jomo was hero.

  • Niel - 2012-05-30 08:46

    Pienaar is great for SA and hopefully he will help us, BUT soccer is not a one man team nor a political team. OUT with pitso (useless) and out with politics (colour issues - im clrd BTW) and in with the best players and coaches. Only then will be start being better. Our soccer has declined drastically after the foreign coaches left. Why, when pitso was their assistant. Im not saying bring foreign back, im saying bring quality back even if we must import. AND PLEASE leave moeneeb out as well. He is more about how he looks making basic saves look spectacular. What a show off like most players in the team.

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