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Steven Pienaar: Why PSL Players Fail in Europe?

Former Bafana Bafana captain Steven “Schillo” Pienaar says the reason why South African players don’t make it in Europe is because they wan...

Former Bafana Bafana captain Steven “Schillo” Pienaar says the reason why South African players don’t make it in Europe is because they want to be superstars in Mzansi’s shopping malls, instead of fighting to overcome obstacles overseas.

Benni McCarthy, Aaron Mokoena, Quinton Fortune, Shaun Bartlett and Delron Buckley are some of South African stars who knuckled down and faced the difficulties of life away from the comfort of commendable success.

Droves of Premier Soccer League(PSL) players, lately being Daylon Klaasen, Ayanda Patosi, Anele Ngcongca, Tefu Mashamaite, Mandla Masango are coming back home to the nice life of the PSL.

Speaking at the Bidvest Wits media day, Pienaar said he always wanted go somewhere and achieve a lot from the game.
Steven Pienaar

“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. 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?” Pienaar asked.

“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.

“You know when you live in Joburg and drive a nice car that’s the life for you. They don’t want to go and face all the obstacles and the challenges that lie ahead in Europe,” he added.

The Westbury-born dribbling wizard said he lasted long in Europe because he believed in his dreams.

“I had a belief that I could achieve bigger. As a player, do you want to play in the best leagues in the world or do you want to come back home? Do you want to be famous at shopping malls or do you want to make sure your children get a better life and a better education?

“Why not grab the opportunity of making more money and securing your future?” he added.

Pienaar, who is in the twilight of his career added that investing more years in Europe was more beneficial in the sense that it was good for the players’ lives and for the national team.

Said Pienaar: “You learn something different, you play under tougher conditions and you mature and get better education and I think that’s good for the country.” - Daily Sun

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