Igesund coy on Pienaar

2012-11-06 12:10

Johannesburg - Reading between the lines, Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund would love to see former national team skipper Steven Pienaar come out of retirement.

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On Monday Igesund announced his squad to face Zambia in the Nelson Mandela Challenge, before jetting off to England to meet with several South Africans based in that country.

He will be sitting down with Andrew Surman, the Norwich midfielder, as well as Davide Somma, the Leeds United striker.

Also on the agenda is a 'coffee date' with Everton man Pienaar.

The Bafana coach claims it is not his agenda to try and talk Pienaar into returning to the national fold, but should the player show any signs of regretting his decision, Igesund is sure to try and work his magic.

"For me, Steven Pienaar, he was a great ambassador for our country.

"He is one of our own, and a great player. I think I owe it to him to go and have a chat with him.

"I think Steven had to make a very tough decision, but I haven't shut the door on him, so who knows where the conversation goes," he said.


  • thabo.malose.31 - 2012-11-06 12:26

    Thank u GI, fast talk him back to the national team. It will be great if u can get us surman and somma back, not forgeting that young holden guy.

  • mashudu.ndou.3 - 2012-11-06 12:31

    Let him go coach. Pienaar don't play his whole heart out for Bafana like He does for Everton. We r better without him!!

      Marvin Simelane - 2012-11-06 12:56

      they should let him be,obviously he is not interested on serving his country...we do not need such people.

  • matli.mokoena - 2012-11-06 13:11

    Gosh, having heart is more important in soccer than talent (obvious a combination of both is ideal). Pienaar has made his decision, let him be. We can see when he plays, his heart isnt there anymore. Can we just stop relying on old players and give the younger ones a chance. Afcon 2013 and World Cup 2014 is a dream away, we just don't have the playing style to be competitive. Lets build towards 2017 Afcon and 2018 World cup. There are talented u17 and u23 boys, give them a chance. Zambia showed in Afcon that with heart anything is possible, Ghana showed us in 2010, that investing in the youth can bring us remarkable returns. Gordon, sotp using the same style as Pitso and all the other coaches before. Think long term, redefine our soccer, cos its just not working now

  • tswarelo.mabhekana - 2012-11-06 13:56

    let him go coach.wat goes around comes around.

  • godfrey.ngonyama - 2012-11-06 18:22

    Diedier drogba,yaya toure,kolo toure,micheal essien got more money and very successful African soccer players than Steven pienaar and they never turned their back against their country,coach let him go,don't beg him to come back.

  • kgatla.clico - 2012-11-07 09:56

    Coach make u magic to get somma nd surman ntry skiper wth tht 100% we cn mke it, we tlk of the talended player of our country if we can get somme my soul wl culme down

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