Bidvest Wits part ways with former Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar

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The former Bafana skipper was handed a one-year deal by the Students in July, but his contribution during the first half of the campaign wasn't enough

Bidvest Wits head coach Gavin Hunt has confirmed that they have parted ways with veteran midfielder Steven Pienaar.

The 35-year-old joined the Students at the start of the campaign following his return from Europe. 

However, despite high expectations, Pienaar failed to set the PSL alight, and could do little to help the Johannesburg-based outfit move out of the relegation zone. 

"Unfortunately it hasn't worked and we agreed to part ways and we wish him all the best in his future," Hunt was quoted as saying by Independent Media

Prior to joining Wits, Pienaar was heavily linked with a possible move to either Orlando Pirates or Kaizer Chiefs.

This was soon after he left English Premier League side Sunderland, who got relegated at the end of the 2016/17 season. 

Reports emerged towards the end of 2016 that Wits were considering terminating Pienaar's contract. 

Pienaar, who played for some of the top European teams, including Ajax Amsterdam, Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur during his 16-year spell abroad, featured 11 times in all official competitions for Wits with registering a single assist or finding the back of the net. 

Meanwhile, Polokwane City have reinforced their squad with the acquisition of central defender Sibusiso Sikhosana from Witbank Spurs and striker Dominic Chungwa from Caps United.

The Limpopo-based side also roped in former Orlando Pirates physical trainer Japhet Borges Neto. 

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