Meanwhile At The Retirement Village…
Looks like “retirement”was the most popular word in the world of sports this past week. Not only did Michael Schumacher retire, so did our own Bafana captain, Steven Pienaar.
Following the debut of his new clean shaven look, Everton player, Steven announced that he has retired from international football after 10 years of service.
I love watching Steven play but I was glad when he announced his retirement. Not because I think he is a bad player (obviously) but because I was getting annoyed by everyone and their talk of this so called Bafana captaincy. I was getting annoyed by everyone complaining about how he didn’t give his all for Bafana yet he scored for his club. That annoyed me because those who say that do not mention that the players at Bafana aren’t the same type of players he plays with at his club so how can the performance be the same?
In terms of commitment, I’ve never doubted his performance on the field and whenever he was called, Steven always arrived, no stories/excuses. Pitso is gone, Bafana needs a new scapegoat, I knew Steven was going to be made that scapegoat. He’s gone now, let’s see who will take the blame.
Steven says he only has a few years left to play and he wants to enjoy that time without the stress of juggling Bafana and his club. On behalf of all reasonable South Africans, I’d like to thank Stevie for all his sacrifices and his dedication to his country.
Your thoughts on Steven’s retirement?
P.S. I loved the old look more.
Bafana Squad to face Poland and Kenya:
Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Moeneeb Josephs (Orlando Pirates), Wayne Sandilands (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Defenders: Thabo Nthethe (Bloemfontein Celtic), Punch Masanamela (Sundowns), Luvhengo Mungomeni (Moroka Swallows), Ricardo Nunes (MŠK Žilina, Slovakia), Bongani Khumalo (captain)(PAOK, Greece), Siyabonga Sangweni (Pirates), Mulomowandau Mathoho (Chiefs), Bevan Fransman (SuperSport United)
Midfielders: Teko Modise (Sundowns), Lerato Chabangu (Swallows), Siphiwe Tshabalala, George Lebese, Reneilwe Letsholonyane (all Chiefs), Delron Buckley (Maritzburg United), May Mahlangu (Helsingborgs IF, Sweden), Dean Furman (Oldham Athletic, England), Sifiso Myeni, Oupa Manyisa (both Pirates), Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace, England), Katlego Mashego (Free State Stars)
Strikers: Bernard Parker (Chiefs), Tokelo Rantie (Malmö FF, Sweden), Dino Ndlovu (Maccabi Haifa, Israel).