Former Bafana Bafana captain Steven Pienaar returned to his old neighbourhood of Westbury this weekend, to support his annual Steven Pienaar Community TournamentEverton midfielder Pienaar has been part of the PUMA football family since July 2011, with whom he supports the Community Tournament, supplying the PUMA kit to all teams which make it through to the quarter-finals.
"This is where I grew up. Lots of people are surprised that I came out of this township, because living conditions are extremely hard. So I just want to make these kids understand that they can make it out of here and be like me or even better. It’s not where you start that counts, but where you end up," said Pienaar.
The tournament is played at the Westbury A and B fields, Westbury Oval and the Union Stadium over successive weekends with the u11, u13, u15 and u17 divisions. The Steven Pienaar Seniors and Super League quarter-finals are played on Saturday June 14, while the semifinals are on Sunday, June 15 and the finals on the Youth Day holiday, Monday June 16.
“The Community Tournament also gives me an opportunity to reconnect with my people, old friends I grew up with and older guys who helped raise me in one way or another,” said Pienaar.
Teams taking part include Westbury Spurs, Real Madrid, Boca Juniors FC, Fighters, Diepkloof Diplomats, Yorkshires, Future Stars, Palmeros, Prestige Academy, Argentinos, Mogale Celtic FC, Eden Park Callies, The Boys, Soweto Scorpions, Toekies United, Godisanang FC, Glorias Stars, Thames, United FC, Eberneze Youth Development, Westbury Stars Academy, Martindale, River Spears, Zico Boys, FC Munchen, Roses United, Noordgesig United and Umlilo.
PUMA also presents the player of the tournament and topgoal scorer with a pair of evoPOWER boots.