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SAFA slams absent Pienaar

2012-12-06 14:05

Johannesburg - South African Football Association vice-president Mwelo Nonkonyana has hit out at Steven Pienaar's decision to quit Bafana Bafana ahead of AFCON 2013 before urging the player to reconsider his decision.

According to the football411.com website, the Everton midfielder decided to call time on his international career and focus his efforts on his club football, a move that has angered Nonkonyana who feels Pienaar would be nowhere if it wasn't for his involvement in the national set-up.

Coach Gordon Igesund had already accepted the play-maker's decision and after a meeting with Pienaar in England admitted he wasn't about to force him to change his mind.

Nonkonyana, who is also serving as the chairperson of the Nations Cup local organising committee said in an interview with the BBC: "Pienaar must not forget that he comes from the ghettos and it is SAFA who helped him to develop to become what he is now.

"He would not have made it to England without the right quota of caps that he got from playing for the national team. He must consider all aspects of his decision and he should be part of the Nations Cup. I hope he will reconsider. I hope he is listening to me now."

Football411

Comments
  • Tlhoaele Mongetane - 2012-12-06 14:29

    True to that and am surprised at some of the African stars like drogba they never turn their backs of countries or maybe pienaar feels bafana are below his standard what a coward

      xoli.mabiya - 2012-12-06 15:57

      Sir if you have been following the guys career over the past three seasons you would understand why he retired, but instead you decided to ignore that and shoot off your mouth..but then again I suppose we all have the right to our own opinions even if they are as lame and irrelevant as yours..

      morne.linden - 2012-12-07 11:52

      Mongetane your lack of intelligence angers me.

  • Tlhoaele Mongetane - 2012-12-06 14:30

    A coward pienaar

      donovan.dunn.77 - 2012-12-07 15:58

      Why exactly is he a coward? He has suffered multiple injuries over the last 2 years and would prefer to prolong his playing career, where he actually earns money, in favour of getting hacked all over and AFCON pitch by clueless defenders who 2-foot for fun. Get a grip and understand the dynamics of free choice as opposed to making daft statements like this

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-12-06 14:36

    Can you blame him if he does not want to play for a team that keeps losing?

      thebe - 2012-12-06 15:41

      the he must make the team win.....

  • bernard.nienaber - 2012-12-06 14:51

    who want to play for bafana anyway?

  • jack.mabrigado - 2012-12-06 14:51

    How many soccer players do we have in south africa?

  • italo.talocchino - 2012-12-06 14:57

    maybe he is tired off idiots running the sport, there is no consistancy and admin are all useless

  • jmwenebyake - 2012-12-06 15:14

    A quota of games is a condition in england if the player comes straight outside Europe, but Pienaar was already a superstar at Ajax Amsterdam so Bafana never made him who he is today; having said that we shud be focusing on find replacement and lift the moral of those still in national setup than keep begging some1 who hs decided otherwise! Just my opinion

  • Phalanx Mashabane - 2012-12-06 15:15

    we cant force him to play for national team

  • machoene.kaizer - 2012-12-06 15:20

    They have gone nd they have cum back.just liv him bt am 100% xo that whn he wykup he wil b plying amazulu nd it wil b 2o late

  • israel.maseko.5 - 2012-12-06 15:33

    He is a coward.............I suggest we leave him alone because he never commited himself 100% on the field of play. He was always reserving himself for his English team.

  • kingswing69 - 2012-12-06 15:39

    IF SAFA can pay Pienaar R1 MILLION week then yes he will stay,i would also rather play for an overseas club than our joke of a football team

      xoli.mabiya - 2012-12-06 15:59

      Really..*sic*

      byron.matthews.562 - 2012-12-08 11:25

      good luck with your trials in the Madagascar Sunday league

  • xoli.mabiya - 2012-12-06 15:54

    What?..Pienaar is injury prone, and the guy is obviously just looking out for himself by retiring I dont see why SAFA should have a problem with that, the guy is not getting any younger either...rather concentrate on developing new players than crying over spillled milk..oh and Pienaar was a succes before he became a regular for the national team..can you say Borrusia Dortmund( I know he didnt exactly have a great time there) Ajax CPT or Ajax Amsterdam..enough of this already....

      donovan.dunn.77 - 2012-12-07 16:01

      agree 100%

  • bullit.man - 2012-12-06 16:12

    To correct Mwelo statement what SAFA did for Pienaar he is obviously clueless of Pienaar's development. Steven was part of the Ajax Cape Town team at a tender age of 15 when he was taken to Ajax Amsterdam to play football there. He was not spotted by SAFA but by the dutch scouts. He then played for Dortmund and have been at Everton after that for some time and had a brief spell at Spurs. So SAFS actually done nothing for him and he stayed commited to Bafana for ten years. Her is approaching his twilight and has every right to retire to pro long his club commitments. He has played with Bafana and done his best for them. Let him be he earned his retirement.

      xoli.mabiya - 2012-12-06 16:26

      Thank you Sir..

      morne.linden - 2012-12-07 11:57

      Give bullit.man a Bells.

  • ngoako.mathekga - 2012-12-06 16:26

    Pienaar is not Bafana Bafana, leave him alone there many othet players who will grab this opportunity.

  • mogale.tshidi - 2012-12-06 16:34

    Nonkonyana pls grow man. Ur statement is pathetic

  • kgotlaetsile.mophuti - 2012-12-06 16:36

    Pienaar was bitter because gordon igesund did not appoint him as a captain

  • thato.williams.9 - 2012-12-06 16:42

    I don't understand how chief Mwelo can rant in such a careless manner because 1. He needs to show commitment to the people that showed faith him and took him back from Tottenham where he had zero game time. What did Bafana do for him then. 2. The guy has the option to go if he wants to. This guy must just focus on the politics at SAFA and leave the young man alone

  • thato.williams.9 - 2012-12-06 16:42

    I don't understand how chief Mwelo can rant in such a careless manner because 1. He needs to show commitment to the people that showed faith him and took him back from Tottenham where he had zero game time. What did Bafana do for him then. 2. The guy has the option to go if he wants to. This guy must just focus on the politics at SAFA and leave the young man alone

  • thato.williams.9 - 2012-12-06 16:43

    I don't understand how chief Mwelo can rant in such a careless manner because 1. He needs to show commitment to the people that showed faith him and took him back from Tottenham where he had zero game time. What did Bafana do for him then. 2. The guy has the option to go if he wants to. This guy must just focus on the politics at SAFA and leave the young man alone

  • thato.williams.9 - 2012-12-06 16:43

    I don't understand how chief Mwelo can rant in such a careless manner because 1. He needs to show commitment to the people that showed faith him and took him back from Tottenham where he had zero game time. What did Bafana do for him then. 2. The guy has the option to go if he wants to. This guy must just focus on the politics at SAFA and leave the young man alone

  • mxeki.maduvula - 2012-12-06 16:44

    To be honest, the only time i recall when pienaar was in good form 4 Bafana was in the 2002 world cup.

  • EugeneGHFM - 2012-12-06 16:48

    Err, correction there Mr Nonkonyana. Steven Pienaar was already a superstar at Ajax Amsterdam before Bafana decided to enlist his skills for the national team. Get your facts straight before going on some verbal assault. Besides, Pienaar can do what he chooses. Another fact, Pienaar's absence doesn't explain or solve the problem of US not scoring goals...Nothing more dangerous than an idiot with an opinion and a title to boot.

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-12-06 16:56

      Indeed!

  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-12-06 16:55

    Shame, poor Oke. Probably want him to play until he's 50. The Oke's had enough. We should have had a stream of young talent, champing at the bit, to get into the side. Instead we hound old legs, and pork bellies. (Bennie). No wonder we get nowhere.

  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-12-06 16:59

    Got you the 1st time, Thato :)

      sipho.sibanyoni.1460 - 2012-12-08 08:42

      idont think we well miss him because his game at bafana ist not so good

  • kabelo.k.monageng - 2012-12-06 18:06

    Leave Pienaar alone!This is probably the reason y he retired.People like u place all the expectations on 1 man amongst an 11 man squad.I agree with Eugene,Pienaar was already a star at Ajax Amsterdam before he got called to Bafunny Bafunny so u should get ur facts straight before verbally attacking him!You're embarassing urslf Meneer,leave Pienaar alone!!

  • thato.williams.9 - 2012-12-06 19:10

    I don't understand how chief Mwelo can rant in such a careless manner because 1. He needs to show commitment to the people that showed faith him and took him back from Tottenham where he had zero game time. What did Bafana do for him then. 2. The guy has the option to go if he wants to. This guy must just focus on the politics at SAFA and leave the young man alone

  • Kgomotso Mukwevho - 2012-12-06 19:15

    The reality of life is that, sport is a career and the purpose of a career is money. Steve has family obligations he has to fulfill, as it stand he is in his thirties meaning his football career is nearing the end he has to stay where he will make more money quick. if being Patriotic meant the school fund, shelter, food and everything you and your family need would paid by the State than we should say Steve must stay with Bafana but now it is not the case. Steve is right to stick to his club

      LongSword - 2012-12-06 19:59

      I couldn't have said it better. Adding to what u jus said, it seems that this Nonko. . . . . dude doesn't know about the psychology of a sportsman. After saying what he said, does he expect Pienaar to come back? All i see here is that the man's decision is not respected. They should not even ask him stupid questions like are u sure?

  • rory.beckett.96 - 2012-12-07 08:09

    Safa helped to develop him? What a joke!

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-12-07 08:58

    The negative comments here just shows the level of ignorance of "fans". Pienaar is, first and foremost, a professional football player and can choose when and wher he wants to play. He gets paid a salary by his club, who expect him to earn those wages on a weekly basis. He doesn't "owe" his country anything. He has already given 10 years of his career to Bafana Bafana and feels the time has come to hang up his international boots so why must he be held to ransom by a dysfunctional South African Football Association? Many players give up international football to concentrate on their clubs and instead of him being "slammed" he should be thanked for his years of service. Gordon Ingesund spoke to Pienaar and accepted his decision and reasons so why can't SAFA?

  • bravo.thai - 2012-12-11 19:56

    I think its tym for safa to let pienaar go were he think he can gets the better heat he expect done home.no one!must forced him,he must think for where he come from?and where is the roots?soccer its a ended gift from god.

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