Prepared to help on the revival of School of Excellence: Pienaar

Everton star and former Bafana Bafana Steven Pienaar says it is their duty as current players especially those plying their trade overseas to help improve football back home. “Schillo” as Pienaar is popularly known was speaking during the Steven Pienaar annual Community Tournament, which was concluded in Westbury, Johannesburg earlier this week. The tournament is in its fourth year and caters for different age groups from u/11 to the seniors. Pienaar says it’s important that they give back to communities that raised them…

Since it’s inception four years ago, the tournament has only been concentrated in Pienaar’s neighbourghood of Westbury, Johannesburg and Gauteng but now he says they also want to involve other areas as well around the country…

Another interesting development is to see another PSL star coming from Westbury making it big, Ajax Cape Town’s Keagan Dolly who recently won the Absa Premiership young players of the season award. Pienaar is proud of Dolly who he says has also played in this tournament…

Another big problem for local football is the shortage of qualified coaches something that impacts on the quality of footballers that are being produced. Pienaar says this is another angle they are trying to cover through this tournament…

Pienaar remains the shining light and top product of the School of Excellence academy that produced a lot of professional footballers in the mid nineties but is now in a sorry state. A lot of promises have been made by SAFA in recent years to return the school to it’s glory days and be the flagship of football academies but all in vain. Pienaar who joined Ajax Cape Town from School of Excellence says he’s even prepared to be the face of any campaign that’s aimed at reviving the School of Excellence because it’s current state worries him…

After Ajax Ct, Pienaar went on to join Ajax Amsterdam, Borussia Dortmund, Everton, and Tottenham Hotspur before returning to Everton again. Journalist: Velile Mbuli