Absa Premiership

Pienaar: Some PSL stars are spoiled

2017-08-08 07:46
Steven Pienaar and Gavin Hunt (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Bidvest Wits attacking midfielder Steven Pienaar believes some South African footballers get rewards too easily in the Premiership, and should make more sacrifices abroad.

The 35-year-old, who enjoyed a glittering career in Europe for the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Ajax Amsterdam, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur, signed for the Clever Boys after an unsuccessful spell with Sunderland in the English Premier League.

The former Bafana Bafana captain made just 10 appearances for the Black Cats as he struggled with a host of niggling injuries. The club were eventually relegated at the end of 2016/17.

Nonetheless, 'Schillo' says that some local players don't sacrifice enough to make it big in some of best leagues in the world.

"From a personal experience, you look back at where you come from and where you want to go. To me, it was clear I wanted to achieve things in my career," he told reporters.

"You look at your life and that of your family. What are you going to do back at home? Drive around, go to the malls and chill?

"Most of the young players who get opportunities to go to Europe go there for two seasons and come back because I think many of them are spoiled in South Africa and they get everything easy."

Read more on:    wits  |  psl  |  steven pienaar  |  soccer


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Tuesday, 17 December 2019
Wits v Mamelodi Sundowns, Moses Mabhida Stadium 19:30
Friday, 20 December 2019
Wits v Cape Town City, Bidvest Stadium 20:00
Saturday, 21 December 2019
Highlands Park v Golden Arrows, Makhulong Stadium 15:30
Orlando Pirates v Black Leopards, Orlando Stadium 15:30
Baroka FC v Stellenbosch, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Mamelodi Sundowns v Polokwane City, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 18:00
Chippa United v SuperSport United, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 20:15
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

And the 2019/20 Absa Premiership champions will be ... ?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.