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Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates fans cry while Goal hails Pienaar to Bidvest Wits

13:18 WAT 06/07/2017
Bidvest Wits, Steven Pienaar and Gavin Hunt
Goal South Africa's editor Ignat Manjoo, assistant editor Ernest Makhaya and journalist Yusuf Variawa share their opinions on Steven Pienaar's return

The former Everton, Ajax Amsterdam and Dortmund midfielder has returned home to South Africa, signing for PSL champions Bidvest Wits.

We added more fan reactions to Pienaar's decision to join Wits, instead of Soweto giants Orlando Pirates or Kaizer Chiefs.

Some fans are crying and others are cracking some serious jokes. There's a good one on David Moyes. Check it out all below.

First up, here's what our Goal writers had to say about Pienaar's smart move to the Clever Boys.

Ernest Makhaya on the Soweto links

I think Pienaar made the right choice by joining the Students for various reasons. Gavin Hunt believes in him and knows how to blend experienced players with the younger ones. Also, moving to either Chiefs or Pirates would have raised a lot of expectations from the fans. We all know he's injury-prone now, and he needed to join a team where there's less pressure and expectations for him to shine. In my opinion, both Chiefs and Pirates didn't need Pienaar, because they already have quality in his position.

Yusuf Variawa on the Sundowns angle

The introduction of Steven Pienaar to the Wits line-up will certainly give them an edge ahead of the new season. Pienaar has played at the highest level and his experience will be invaluable to Wits’ title defence, as well as their exploits on the continent. Although, the jury is still out on whether he still has the legs to play at this level. If any coach can get the best out of him, it is Gavin Hunt. Also, despite reported interest from Mamelodi Sundowns, Pienaar in my opinion has made the right decision as fitting him into the team at Chloorkop, would have been difficult as it wasn’t a position which Pitso Mosimane needed to reinforce. 

Ignat Manjoo on South Africa's benefit

The most important factor is that South Africa needs our most experienced players such as Mark Fish, Lucas Radebe, Benni McCarthy, Phil Masinga, Steven Pienaar, Eric Tinkler (and many more) to share their European experiences with the next generation in the PSL. Even when McCarthy was thought to be finished in England, he got himself back in shape in SA and inspired Pirates to establish themselves as the dominant force earlier in this decade. Many were hoping for Pienaar to do the same for Pirates. I was hoping he could mentor young players in Cape Town, but we already got Benni returning this season. Though, in South Africa we have to realise that you can't expect one person to do it all. All the legends need to contribute together. I listed a number of SA legends above, but together with McCarthy and Radebe, the Cape Town soccerite has earned the best experience in Europe. Pienaar should be able to contribute on the field if he can remain injury free, but I believe his true worth will be in sharing this experience with his fellow teammates. If he can remain fit then Wits will need him to also provide depth in Caf competitions over the next year. His presence in the training ground and on the field will also spur the squad forward, to pick up from where they left of in 2016-17.