Pienaar wins Everton award

2010-05-06 09:38

Johannesburg - Diminutive 28-year-old Steven Pienaar, the player whom Bafana Bafana are pinning their hopes on to provide a spark of inspiration in next month's World Cup, has been named Premiership club Everton's Player of the Year.

The astute midfielder, who learnt his craft in the dusty, crime-infested streets of Johannesburg's Westbury Township, found a new lease of life at Everton during the 2009/10 season, which is currently winding up, scoring seven goals in 37 appearances and initiating a good many more.

He joined Everton from German club Borussia Dortmund three years ago for R22 million after initially playing in Europe for Holland's Ajax Amsterdam.

And although speculation has been rife in England that the artful midfielder might be seeking a transfer, Pienaar indicated at Everton's awards ceremony at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral that he hoped to be part of the club's bright future in the coming years. Everton were wallowing in the relegation zone early in the season, but a solid recovery has enabled them to climb to what will be an eventual eighth position - just short of qualifying for European competition next season.

Everton manager David Moyes has confirmed the club are in the process of negotiating a new contract for their influential midfielder - pointing out that he believed it was in the best interests of the club and Pienaar.

Like all Bafana's overseas-based potential World Cup squad members, Pienaar has not attended any of coach Carlos Alberto Parreira's caravan of coaching camps that have winded their way from South Africa to Brazil and then Germany in the past two months because of the refusal of their clubs to release them.

And Bafana have lacked a player of Pienaar's inventive skill to lift them out of the doldrums of ongoing mundane displays.

The big question, however, is whether Pienaar can achieve for Bafana what he has done at Everton this season - particularly as his scoring prowess at international level in almost 50 appearances has been minimal.

Pienaar missed Everton's goalless draw with Stoke last week because of an ankle injury, but he has allayed Bafana fears by saying he is hopeful of being fit for the final Premiership game of the season against Portsmouth on Sunday.


  • manyikos - 2010-05-06 10:10

    wat an inspirational player n idol to the youth of mzansi n i expect him to do very well in SWC n he shud b given play maker role n he will deliver the best services,i think many players in BB nid to emulate the passion n hunger from this man,unlike 'fat cat' Benni.This man has bin hot propety even during the time he played in PSL n he has bin flying the SA flag.well done n all the best n am sure the best is yet to come,u just getting better as u age.

  • keenan - 2010-05-06 13:31

    I hope he can bring that form to bafana for SA's sake, although the difference i think is, the players surrounding him at everton are quality and on a total different level of playing than most of the bafana select. So it remains to be seen, i hope he can gel with who ever supports him in the midfield, that will be key. I think we lacking goals bcoz there is hardly quality supply coming from the current midfielders. Well done again champ, you really holding Our Flag up High!

  • gav - 2010-05-06 13:31

    Well done Steven,very well done,just wish u would think about coming to Liverpool

  • zim - 2010-05-06 13:48

    Well Done!!!.. Come do show the boy here how to do it...

  • sandile - 2010-05-06 14:06

    Want to say congrats to Steven, i knew he was a star since he destroyed Pirates(my team) during the Rothmans Cup back in the days. He was even carrying an injury that same day!! Congrats to him for believing and living his dreams. I wish him all the best in the future.

  • kd - 2010-05-06 14:14

    well done, great to see some good news about a South African. Very proud

  • cape town - 2010-05-07 08:47

    Show dem show dem!Nice one stevie P

  • Cash - 2010-05-07 12:46

    Well done Steven, our hopes are on you to inspire the rest of our team. Lets make it happen!

  • ronnie shibobo - 2010-05-08 00:05

    the same happened to benni alot of praise when he nearly took top goal scorer award in english premiership now that he needs our support the most you criticise him pienaar watch out for that time you going to need this same people who praise you they will make you the biggest scum on earth im true south african pienaar and benni go show the world what you made off

  • MRS E.P. KWITSHANA - 2010-05-09 21:48


  • Jeremy James - 2010-05-10 07:33

    Congrats to him, enjoy the honor and dont drink and drive!

  • george titus - 2010-05-10 12:41

    well done scillo teach them

  • nathan bent - 2010-05-10 13:02

    well done Steven.

  • Craig - 2010-05-10 13:32

    Well Done Scillo, you deserve nothing but the best, especially for all the Westbury and Corrie guys. Keep it up.

  • keenan - 2010-05-19 11:20

    Craig: yeah i eco those remarks, he has truly made us all proud!

  • Tebo - 2010-05-24 11:11

    Eitha Hola Scillo, gud one. Maybe Caf will eye for best player in Africa. God Bless.

  • mphozania - 2010-05-24 13:45

    Congratulations Steve you made us luk like we can play soccer @ last. Advice: don't hesitate to move to another club cos I believe you will also do better with the likes of liverpool, cet. Weldone Scillo!

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