Steven Pienaar would like to see the South African
government step in to reinvigorate the South African Football Association Transnet Football School of Excellence.
The 38-year-old former Bafana, Dortmund, Everton and
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder came through the school as a budding youngster.
He speaks highly of the impact the institution had on the
South African national team and laments its demise in recent years.
Pienaar told TimesLIVE: “When I was there it was
totally different. Transnet pumped in a lot of money into the school because
they believed in the project and they were fully behind it.”
He added: “Over the last couple of years the school has
been going a bit downward with not enough players coming through for different
“I don’t know if it’s the financial part of things with
sponsors not putting enough money in or what.
“It is a school that the government has to get involved
in because it has produced a lot of talented players.
“If I am not mistaken, about 80% of the players from
the school turned professional and some of them played for Bafana Bafana.”
Pienaar is currently in the Netherlands where he is
completing his coaching badges with Ajax.
– TEAMtalk media