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Steven Pienaar targets PSL title and MTN8 Cup double with Bidvest Wits

18:37 GMT+3 01/08/2017
Bidvest Wits, Daylon Classen & Steven Pienaar
The two former Ajax Cape Town playmakers are both happy to be back in South Africa following their spells in Europe

New Bidvest Wits midfielder Steven Pienaar has revealed his ambitions ahead of the 2017/18 season.

The 35-year-old midfelder, who became a free agent after parting ways with English side Sunderland AFC, was officially unveiled as one of Wits' new signings on Tuesday.

Having joined the reigning PSL and MTN Top 8 Cup champions, Pienaar is eager to help the Clever Boys defend the two trophies.

“My goal is to win the league with the club. That is why I joined Wits. It’s going to be tough to defend the trophy," Pienaar said.

"But we’re going to fight every game to make sure we win as many as we can and fight for every trophy available," he continued.

“Alhough, my main aim is to win the league, I also want to enjoy playing football back home, while also trying to help the young players coming through," Pienaar explained.

Wits will face Lamontville Golden Arrows in the MTN Top 8 Cup quarter-final clash at the Bidvest Stadium on Friday, 11 August and Pienaar is hoping to make his official debut against Abafana Bes'thende.

"For me, it's a good opportunity to win a trophy with the club. Obviously, it's an easy route to a Cup final, so, we have to be prepared and hopefully the coach (Gavin Hunt) will give me a few minutes (against Arrows)," he concluded.

Meanwhile, Daylon Claasen, who was also unveiled by the Clever Boys at the Wits Sports Conference Centre, is back home after nearly 10 years in Europe.

The attacking midfielder spent the last three campaigns on the books of German outfit 1860 Munich.

"I spent three seasons with 1860 Munich. My first two seasons were better than my last one with the club," Claasen said.

Claasen explained that he gained some invaluable experience during his spell with Munich where he made 49 German Bundesliga Two appearances - scoring once in the process.

"It was an experience that I enjoyed very much, although, I did not play that much, but I learnt a lot from the other players," he continued.

"They have a totally different culture compared to ours here in South Africa," the 27-year-old added.

"So, I gained a lot of experience on and off the pitch. I suffered from injuries. I had an Achilles Heels injury towards the end of the season," he explained.

"I am now happy to be back in South Africa. I am also happy to have joined a team of Wits' calibre," he concluded.

South Africa youth international Kobamelo Kodisang, Montenegrin defender Slavko Damjanovic and ex-Free State Stars left-back Bokang Tlhone were also unveiled by the Clever Boys.