Steven Pienaar reveals reasons why he snubbed Bafana Bafana in 2012

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The retired attacking midfielder shared the reasons why he snubbed Bafana in 2012

With the South African football fraternity still reeling in shock following former Bafana Bafana midfielder, Steven Pienaar’s retirement, he has now revealed his regrets.

The Johannesburg-born player announced his retirement from professional football on Wednesday after 20 years in the beautiful game.

‘Schillo’ expressed regrets in the national team and revealed misunderstandings with ex-national team coach, Pitso Mosimane.  

The former Borussia Dortmund, Everton, Ajax Cape Town and Bidvest Wits player represented the 1996 African champions on 61 occasions.

However, he decided to retire from international football in 2012 as he said there were lots of things that happened in the Bafana camp.

““There was a build-up, over the years, there were a lot of things happening in the camps behind the scenes. For example before Pitso lost his job, I was on holiday and I had rush back to join the team, I told the doctor I had problems with my back and the doctor said I will have someone look at it, so we went to a gym in Rusternburg,” said Pienaar to SABC.

“I was having treatment and the security guard came to me and said you need to come to me first you’re doing things without permission. But I said we did it the right way I am getting myself ready for the game, we got to Mbabane and there were a lot of things going on,” the 35-year-old added.

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“I was not turning back on the country, there were things building up over the years, and I said do I need this, I think I make the right decision," concluded Pienaar.

Pienaar made his Bafana debut during their 2-0 win against Turkey in an international friendly ahead of the 2002 Fifa World Cup finals under coach Jomo Sono.