Former Bafana Bafana captain and Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar has officially retired from professional football.
The 35-year-old announced the decision to call time on his playing career on SABC TV show, Sport At 10 on Wednesday night.
Pienaar couldn’t hide his emotions as he bid farewell to South African football fans. He also thanked all the teams he played for during his 18-year long career.
“From day one… the love and everything. I know sometimes, you [the fans] were happy when we won games. Looking back, we let people down a few times. I don’t know what to say to you guys [the fans], but I know the love and I appreciate wearing the [Bafana Bafana] jersey,” Pienaar said on the SABC TV show.
“And also to all the clubs that I have worked for or that gave me the opportunity to wear their jersey, I’m really grateful. It’s been a long [journey]; a lot of ups and downs throughout my career, but like I said, I really appreciate your love, and thanks for everything. God bless you,” he concluded.