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pumping, boerie on the braai and the #ForeverFaster flag flying high, the
excitement and tension at Westbury Stadium was palpable as
the finalists took to the pitch at the annual Steven Pienaar Community
Tournament, with the Rebels defeating Yebo Yes by 5 goals to 4 on penalties in the showpiece Seniors’ final.
This year the tournament attracted 132 entries across categories, from under
eight to under 20 with Seniors and Masters categories available for senior
players. The incentive is greater than local bragging rights, with R12 000 up
for grabs for the winners in the age categories and R7 000 going to the runner
up team. Prize money in the Seniors category is R50 000 for the winners with
R25 000 going to the losing finalists.
Returning to support and visit his old neighborhood Pienaar chatted to
young footballers on the sidelines and even took the time to display some
trickery with the ball, which was met by enthusiastic applause. “I want to get
a new Steven Pienaar out of this community, not a lot of people come around
here and look for talent and this is a platform for the children to show their
skills,” expressed Pienaar.
The Everton midfielder and former Bafana Bafana star sponsored the tournament
for the past 10 years along with his sponsor PUMA, who came on board in 2012
and sponsor new kits to all the quarter finalists across all divisions.
PUMA Marketing Manager Brett Bellinger commented: “It is great to see how
the tournament continues to grow in size and popularity. We are very proud to
be a sponsor of Steven and this great initiative and hope to see some of these
young players in our provincial and national team one day.”