Pienaar Player of the Year

2009-11-20 07:41

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana and Everton FC midfielder Steven Pienaar has been named the 2009 Bafana Bafana Player of the Year.

The announcement was made at a ceremony on Thursday night at the Sandton Convention Centre.

To scoop his award, Pienaar was voted ahead of two other players in the senior men’s national team - Siboniso Gaxa of Mamelodi Sundowns and Macbeth Sibaya who plays for Rubin Kazan in Russia.

The winner in this category was determined by football supporters via sms through the SABC television and radio stations.

In the juniors section, Thulani Serero who plays for Ajax Cape Town and the national Under-20 side, Amajita, was named the Under-20 Player of the Year. He was competing with Philani Khwela of Feyenoord and Daylon Claasen of Ajax Amsterdam in Holland for the award.

Banyana Banyana’s Nompulelo Nyandeni is the senior women’s national team Player of the Year. The midfielder was vying for top honours against reigning women’s African Player of the Year, Noko Matlou as well as Kylie-Ann Louw.

Coach of the Year Award went to Gavin Hunt - mentor of the ABSA Premiership Champions Supersport United. In this category, Hunt was pitted against coaching giants Styles Phumo, Jomo Sono and Serame Letsoaka.

President of SAFA Kirsten Nematandani said the inception of the SAFA Awards last year have gone a long way in encouraging players to play with passion and pride. "Our coaches worked harder at their game plans, match officials to officiated at the highest level, and our administrators governed the game effectively and efficiently.”


  • Mandoza - 2009-11-20 07:54

    This was an very good an honest ceremony.The awards went to the right people-deserving people,Serero + Pienaar.Congratulations to all the receipents of the awards.

  • Well done Skillo! - 2009-11-20 08:21

    This is one soldier who serves the country with distinction. Wishing you a speedy recovery from the tackle by Mbazo. We need you back.

  • Karl Webster - 2009-11-20 08:22


  • Charmaine - 2009-11-20 09:34

    Well done you deserve it why he is not in the Bafana Squard ,plse put him in.. well done, '''''

  • MR P - 2009-11-20 09:54 great do you have to be to actually win this against a bunch of useless bananna bananna players... BAFANA sucks big time and wont even score a single goal come 2010!!!

  • Ngwato - 2009-11-20 10:09

    hard work, dedication, direction, purpose with a bid of skill can take u places, just s long s fame dus not take a better part of yu.......shine on SKILLO now u can challange africa then the world....u can also c some people decided to disapoint us(m not going 2 mention names) in the name of fame....tloga tloga etloga kgale modishi wakgomo otswa nayo shakeng

  • diamond - 2009-11-20 10:34

    I think pienaar deserved the award. it wont do any harm if we could just congradulate him without critics.

  • Diski 9-9 - 2009-11-20 10:49

    MR P you imbecile, go back to sleep if you have nothing intelligent to say.

  • Liesle - 2009-11-20 10:50

    what a boykie!!!!!!! you make me so proud,,,Aunty Lee

  • SHAKES - 2009-11-20 11:24

    Well done Skilo, now we just need to get 10 more players like you then we will have a winning team.

  • Chado - 2009-11-20 11:52

    Well deserved.... Skilo... and co To MR P... if we can get rid of a few more negative people like you, we might win the WC... we need teamwork "Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success"

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  • Tebza - 2009-11-20 12:03

    Well done Skilo, Gavin & Serero. Tough luck Bro J and the rest but Im asking,Bro J who nominated you to be on the list and what criteria did he/she use?

  • SHAKES - 2009-11-20 12:11

    MR P. I can just imagine what the (P) stands for. Just put a sock in your Pie Hole.

  • SHAKES - 2009-11-20 12:20

    Mr P. I can just think of a number of things the - P- stands for. Once again, Well done Skillo you deserve it.

  • MR P - 2009-11-20 12:31


  • dev - 2009-11-20 12:31

    Wow amazing thats like being the fastest guy on crutches! Wonder where our BEST ranks in the WORLD? 1067???

  • @ DISKI - 2009-11-20 12:40

    UM...please tell me where bafana sits on the global ranking?

  • majolla - 2009-11-20 13:32


  • Sbuda - 2009-11-20 14:01

    Well done Pienaar,you must be Bafana bafana captain,because you lead by example.Keep on putting our country on the map.The tackle made by Mbazo to you was informed by jealousy.The likes of Teko should seek advice from you,because you are the only committed player in Bafana,you are their leader including mbazo and benni.We wish you a speedy recovery,it was evident that you were not present when we played Japan and Jamaica.Atleast now you will play with Reneilwe perfectly because you are both mobile players.

  • Moemfyda - 2009-11-20 14:04

    I really wish Mr.P could show his face. It would be entertaining to watch his empty vessels being kicked around in the warm up matches

  • David Chaba - 2009-11-20 14:29

    Congratulations to Steven Pienaar awarded player of the year and coach Gavin Hunt coach of the year, i whant to say something about Hunt when Supersport score a goal Hunt please stop wearing Madigage 'ZCC Cap' you make me lough!!!

  • lubi - 2009-11-20 14:44

    Piennar deserves his award and nothing insulting from some useless so called South African (but living here like alien) THE VALUE OF YOUR CONTRIBUTION BOTH IN B-B AND EVERTON. THIS IS A MAN TO BE PROUD OF BY ANY SOCCER LOVER AND HUMAN BEING.

  • June Crocker - 2009-11-20 15:18

    Well deserved Steven Pienaar. You are a true leader. You play with all your heart. Your dedication to the game is Honourable

  • CT - 2009-11-20 15:42

    Once congrats to Steven Pienaar and Gavin Hunt, this will be a guide to other players and coaches that hardwork does really pay-off.

  • CT - 2009-11-20 15:43

    Once again congrats to Steven Pienaar and Gavin Hunt, this will be a guide to other players and coaches that hardwork does really pay-off.

  • @MOEMFYDA - 2009-11-20 15:49


  • Ethlyn Westbury - 2010-06-15 12:23

    Well done and congrats More focus for the future Well deserved

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