Pienaar closer to full fitness

2011-07-22 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Steven Pienaar is hopeful he will be fit to play in the Vodacom Challenge final after missing the first two games of the competition.

The Tottenham midfielder admits he was eager to play against Orlando Pirates on Tuesday night.

However, he was sidelined due to a knee injury that hasn’t fully healed yet.

“I have been struggling a bit with a knee injury, I wanted to play against Orlando Pirates in Nel­spruit on Tuesday night but the doctors advised me to take it easy,” Pienaar said.

“I’m hoping to be okay so that I can play in the final.”

Commenting on the national team, Pienaar stated he has no doubts Bafana Bafana will qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations finals to be hosted in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

“There is no way Bafana Bafana won’t be in the finals.”

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