Igesund gives up on Pienaar

2012-12-04 12:30

Johannesburg - South Africa coach Gordon Igesund has given up hope that Steven Pienaar will delay his international retirement and play at the African Cup of Nations next month.

Igesund, who met with Pienaar in England last month, concedes on Tuesday that the Everton midfielder is "totally retired from international football" and will "get on with his life at his club."

Pienaar's surprise decision to give up playing for Bafana Bafana in October meant the African Cup host lost its captain and midfield playmaker three months before the tournament. New coach Igesund said he would try to get Pienaar to reconsider.

Without Pienaar, South Africa will play friendlies against Malawi, Norway and Algeria before opening the African Cup against tournament debutant Cape Verde on January 19.


  • Mbuyi Mabuya Maphalala - 2012-12-04 12:49

    Gordon must just accept Schillo's retirement and work with the players at his disposal going forward.

  • UNITY - 2012-12-04 12:52

    For your country or the love of money? Surely it never started in english football for these players. There's also a fact that SAFA pays its administrators more than it does its players.. That is why soccer in SA never brings out the best to the country and pride as a nation. Secondly it doesn't develop players of all color to represent the country as their is the amount of pressure created for representation in other codes of sport! Soccer needs transformation in this country! Players who Are selected to play for their country should sign properly drafted contracts that provides commitment for them to put their country first ahead of club commitments!!! Or they will never have been found in the first place!

  • piet.motsoeneng - 2012-12-04 12:52

    Should have long time ago, this thing of players who wantto be begged to play for their country is not right, irrespective of their reasons. When a player says he doesnt want to play foe his country anymore, he should be left alone because even id hw agrees to com back, it is clear that his heart is will no longer be there.

  • ShottaZee - 2012-12-04 12:56

    The current Bafana team does not need Pienaar, and he has never given the national team his best, whuch goes to show that his heart is not it.

  • justin.frittelli - 2012-12-04 12:59

    Poor show Pienaar! I hope we win it and you sit in your home in London and feel sorry for yourself, as the local guys parade the trophy around the streets of Jhb.

  • gutta.nyamela - 2012-12-04 13:08

    Den so what,we have other players phela yena into ayaziyo kukuziwisa phantsi.

  • jman.maluleke - 2012-12-04 13:09

    Why do you have to beg him to play for Bafana Bafana? If he doesnt want to play for his country let him go and give young stars a chance to represent their country. Is he the engine of of our national team? No, let him go. Look at other national teams they dont rely on one player, never. They always have plan B so with us we have to beg a player to come and play.WHY? That must come to and end, we have talented youngstars in this country all we must do is to develop them from early ages and forget about these gays who thinks they are thé only players who can kick a ball.

  • matlanatlo.malepe - 2012-12-04 13:10

    thanx god.i don't see any reason gordon must go after him.The soner coach prepare the team the better.instead of begging pienaar.

  • xoli.mabiya - 2012-12-04 13:42

    Pienaar is a great player and no one can dispute that, but why force the man to represent his country when his focus has obviously shifted to only concentrate on his club, why dont Gordon and Co try to find the next Pienaar instead..I suggest you start in the WC Gordon Sir..

  • Loyiso Jamani - 2012-12-04 13:46

    Oh please give it a rest already, like this dude made such a huge difference in the squad! This headline makes it sound as though Bafana is doomed without him!!!

  • rudzanimulaudzi.mulaudzi - 2012-12-04 14:03

    Cameroon did not qualify for the cup because of paying more attention on retiring players. The only animal that grow up fighting is lions and cheetahs only, Even at Everton he is not going to play for long look at Benni. Let him go.

  • nhlanhla.ryan - 2012-12-04 14:29

    Either you blame Pienaar or not that he was not performing at his best in the national team. The fact is that Pienaar was the best player in our national team. How can you expect a player like Pienaar to perform at his best when their team mates are below performance? At Everton Pienaar is showing his best football simply because the whole team perform at their best. Mr Gordon I would suggest to live Pienaar and start rebuild your winning team as soon as possible. The problem is that our players and coaches are very good when it comes to the media talking, but when its time to deliver on the field they deliver below performance.

  • robert.p.gemmell - 2012-12-04 14:39

    there are other players who i feel want to play for there country. When a player decides to retire early for no real reason he must be shoved aside and never looked again even if he comes begging to play for his country he must be left out. Gordon can win the AFCON with out him

  • tokollo.moeletsi - 2012-12-04 15:00

    Schillo's does not gel well with the team. Having him weakens our Team as the team does not think when Schillo in playing. He is one of our best exports and a great football player, lets wish him luck instead of forcing him to come back....

  • flynn.govender - 2012-12-04 15:44

    Everton will pay Pienaar his fee and bonuses if Bafana reaches a certain stage in the AFCON cup - he is more important to Everton than Bafana. Everton will make Pienaar stay

  • busane.khasibe - 2012-12-04 17:29

    We have many players in Bafana Bafana, Gordons must stop begging someone who's after money that his country and work with the current squad he has

  • godfrey.ngonyama - 2012-12-04 18:12

    I don't understand how can a coach beg someone to play football,is pienaar the Lord of South African football?Gordon was employed to coach not go out begging retired athletes to play football again..sit down coach.

  • eric.maloka - 2012-12-13 11:43

    Bafana Bafana with or without Pienaar they loose.he is there or not is the same so let the caoch relax and concerntrate on what is available for him.Pienaar is not only player for the team.

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