Steven Pienaar is a big Orlando Pirates supporter – Josephs

Moeneeb Josephs was speaking after being named PSL player of the month for May following their title winning run with Bidvest Wits when he told reporters that Steven Pienaar is a big Orlando Pirates supporter. Moeneeb Josephs and Steven Pienaar played together at Ajax Cape Town in seasons goneby.

Steven Pienaar was released from his Sunderland contract in the English Premier League after that club was relegated to the Championship. He spent many seasons at Everton becoming one of South Africas mainstay in the English Premier League. Now there are talks that he may come back to his native South Africa and possibly join the sea robbers.

“‘Schillo’ [Steven Pienaar] is a big Orlando Pirates supporter. Big, big, big. Massive, massive [supporter],” Moeneeb Josephs said.

“I think he can bring that spark back to Pirates; I am vouching for Steven to come to Orlando Pirates. Pirates need a player like him, not these players who are Instagram players … they need a player like Steven Pienaar, a real star to come and turn things around for Pirates again.

“Many of these [Pirates] players are Instagram stars, they are not doing the business for Pirates. There isn’t pride any more for the team, they are not playing for the team, for the Ghost [supporters], for the ancestors, as they say. They are playing for Instagram. Whatever they are doing at training is done for Instagram,” Moeneeb Josephs lashed out at the current Orlando Pirates generation.

“Bring the stars, the real stars, that is what Benni [McCarthy] did for us at Pirates, they brought a big star and he turned Pirates around for us.

“I love Orlando Pirates, they have been good to me, they gave me a stepping-stone to play on the biggest stage and to see the players now doing what they are doing, representing the team like they are, with the fans hungry for success … I don’t care if they win the Nedbank Cup, with the type of football they are playing, the way they are going about losing games, and the next day they are on Instagram as if nothing has happened.

“That p****s me off, a team like Pirates needs more than that, there is not enough pride.”

Moeneeb Josephs was a key figure in the double treble winning Orlando Pirates a few years ago under the captaincy of Lucky Lekgwathi. He fell out of favour when Roger De Sa took over as club coach.



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