No Africa Nations Cup absence for RSA star
Pienaar sent messages to South Africa's coach, Gordon Igesund, and the SAFA informing them of his decision, one that means he will not be taking part in the Africa Cup of Nations in January.
“It is with regret that I wish to inform you that I'm not available for the national team,” Pienaar wrote.
He later took to Twitter to confirm his decision:
It wasn't an easy decision folks I love my country and I'm a proud South African. Wana (sic) wish Gordon Igesund and the team all the best
The 30 year-old calls time on a 10-year international career and Igesund says that 'Bafana Bafana' must “respect” his decision to call it quits.
Greece-based defender Bongani Khumalo will now take over as captain.
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457 Posted 02/10/2012 at 13:12:43
460 Posted 02/10/2012 at 13:22:44
What are his reasons for retiring?
Has he had his court case yet?
462 Posted 02/10/2012 at 13:32:44
467 Posted 02/10/2012 at 14:26:02
469 Posted 02/10/2012 at 14:48:31
I was only thinking last night how we'd get on once he went of to the AFCON, from our perspective that's got to be a right result.
471 Posted 02/10/2012 at 16:14:41
472 Posted 02/10/2012 at 16:15:11
473 Posted 02/10/2012 at 16:16:56
475 Posted 02/10/2012 at 16:27:11
477 Posted 02/10/2012 at 16:44:39
Great news... fantastic... superb... brill!! I love it!!!
I am over the moon over this.
Go on, Steven lad... EVERTON EVERTON.
478 Posted 02/10/2012 at 16:43:21
Bernabeau and Nou Camp here we come!
My glass is half full, but we have more chance than Spurs, RS, Skunks etc..
COYB and hats off Stevie Pienaar!
482 Posted 02/10/2012 at 17:25:17
489 Posted 02/10/2012 at 18:04:00
502 Posted 02/10/2012 at 22:35:53
Andrew Ellams #462
They are playing it in the summer, remember southern hemisphere...and so on :O)
But anyway, it is in fact some great news this.
503 Posted 02/10/2012 at 22:37:14
Definitely good news for us. I wonder if Spurs might be a bit pissed off?
505 Posted 02/10/2012 at 22:44:37
513 Posted 02/10/2012 at 23:25:36
514 Posted 02/10/2012 at 23:42:09
Obviously, I'm not really South African, I was just playing devil's advocate.
527 Posted 03/10/2012 at 02:08:02
533 Posted 03/10/2012 at 05:23:33
558 Posted 03/10/2012 at 11:03:58
570 Posted 03/10/2012 at 12:13:02
Had he quit at 30 as did Peanuts he would not have exacerbated the leg injury he carried into the Saudi game. It was that injury that saw him miss a few months for Everton and then result in more goal less months.
580 Posted 03/10/2012 at 13:03:00
If the World cup was given to say Camaroon, they and all the African nations who qualified would not bleat about it being in the European close season or that it was too hot or wet. But FIFA can't even get the offside rule right so sorting out the potentially sensitive AFCON situation is well beyond them.
582 Posted 03/10/2012 at 13:20:28
707 Posted 04/10/2012 at 01:10:55
715 Posted 04/10/2012 at 03:29:53
748 Posted 04/10/2012 at 10:16:57
*Cuts to Michael Caine in Zulu* ' 1st rank...Fire ( Kneel & reload ) 2nd rank...Advance...Fire ( kneel & reload ). 3rd rank...advance...Fire etc etc
Fade in Men of Harlech...and...Cut.
Thats a wrap folks
Fade in Der Der Der dats all folks
788 Posted 04/10/2012 at 12:59:44
As an Everton support, I'm over the moon......Pienaar available during a crucial period...............go Toffees!!!!!
I really have a good feeling about the team this time around.
042 Posted 05/10/2012 at 09:49:32
However, he has given almost a decade of service to the national team and has been committed to the cause.
Schillo, thanks for your service but may you go to even dizzier heights for the Toffees!
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