Pienaar retires from international football

2012-10-02 11:51

South African midfielder and Bafana Bafana captain Steven Pienaar has retired from international football.

The Everton midfielder’s decision overshadowed Bafana Bafana’s team announcement today.

The Bafana captain sent a letter to Safa chief executive and coach Gordon Igesund yesterday afternoon stating his immediate retirement from the team.

Igesund said he respected the Everton’s midfielder’s decision but would speak to him in the near future.

“The door is not closed on him or anyone else,” said Igesund.

Igesund made nine changes to the previous team that played Brazil.

Veteran winger Delron Buckley, who has been in top form for Maritzburg United, has been recalled to the team after more than five years in the wilderness.

Mamelodi Sundowns captain Teko Modise, who was overlooked for the Brazil game, was also recalled.

The Bafana squad to face Poland and Kenya:

Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Wayne Sandilands (Mamelodi Sundowns), Moeneeb Josephs (Orlando Pirates)

Defenders:
Thabo Nthethe (Bloemfontein Celtic), Luvhengo Mungomeni (Moroka Swallows), Punch Masenamela (Mamelodi Sundowns), Ricardo Nunes (MSK Zilina) (Slovakia), Bongani Khumalo (PAOK) (Greece) – captain, Siyabonga Sangweni (Orlando Pirates), Erick Mathoho (Kaizer Chiefs), Bevan Fransman (SuperSport United)

Midfielders:
Teko Modise (Mamelodi Sundowns), Lerato Chabangu (Moroka Swallows), Siphiwe Tshabalala (Kaizer Chiefs), Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Kaizer Chiefs), Delron Buckley (Maritzburg United), May Mahlangu (Helsingborg IF) (Sweden), Dean Furman (Oldham Athletic) (England), Oupa Manyisa (Orlando Pirates), Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace) (England), Sifiso Myeni (Orlando Pirates), Katlego Mashego (Free State Stars), George Lebese (Kaizer Chiefs)

Strikers: Bernard Parker (Kaizer Chiefs), Dino Ndlovu (Maccabi Haifa) (Israel), Tokelo Rantie (Malmo FF) (Sweden)

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