Imaginative, innovative and hard-working, Steven Pienaar is undoubtedly South Africa’s best talent at the moment. Since joining English side, Everton, Pienaar has re-invented himself and grown both in stature and confidence. A lot will be expected from him as he prepares to steer South Africa’s engine and command his country’s attack.
A product of the South African School of Excellence, Pienaar is currently the country’s most successful export playing overseas. When he is on top form, he has an ability to lift the outfit and Parreira will be pinning most of his hopes on Pienaar’s high work ethic and knack for scoring crucial goals.
Working in tandem, Pienaar and fellow midfield schemer Teko Modise have the ability to dismantle opponents' best-laid plans through their rare combination of skill and composure. Pienaar was part of the Bafana Bafana squad that travelled to the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™, South Africa's last appearance at the finals.
What is more, Pienaar he is now considered by many to be a genuine South African football great. He has also silenced some of his detractors recently by putting in a number of powerful performances in national-team colours. He is the man who will shoulder most of the country’s hopes as South Africa attempts to qualify for the FIFA World Cup knockout stages for the first time.