Pienaar: Waking Up At 7 Made Me Retire


By Isaac Ndou

JOHANNESBURG: With news that Steven Pienaar has hung up his boots still making the round in the football fraternity, the former Everton player has revealed that waking up at 7am for training propelled his decision to call it time in the game.

Pienaar announced his retirement from football earlier this week after he had parted ways with Bidvest Wits in January after spending less than 6 months at the club. Schillo says that he failed to adapt to the training schedule, hence decision to leave.

“What I went through in the last five months tilted the bucket more towards me retiring. It is the first time in my career that I am waking up at 07:00 to go to training for a session that starts at 09:00.”

“Hunt told me I’d get used to it, but at my age, I couldn’t put up with sitting in the car for an hour or an hour-and-a half just to get to training. Every morning, I was complaining, and I just thought this is not how I want to spend my last year playing football,” explained Pienaar.

Being one of South Africa’s best ever soccer exports, Pienaar played for Ajax Amsterdam (Holland), Everton, Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspurs (all England). It’s now a matter of interest as to what is next for the former Bafana Bafana player.