Steven Pienaar is not prepared to let the effects of a gruelling Premier League season hamper his FIFA World Cup™ campaign, despite admitting his "legs are tired".

The South Africa midfielder looked a little jaded in his country's 1-1 draw with Mexico last Friday. He was ultimately withdrawn by coach Carlos Alberto Parreira during the second half of the Opening Match at Soccer City.

Ahead of Bafana Bafana's next assignment against Uruguay on Wednesday, the Everton player said: "I played a lot of games in the last months and my legs are tired.

My legs are tired. But for a tournament like the World Cup, you want to give your best. You just have to push on.

South Africa's Steven Pienaar

"But as long as my mind and my heart are willing, I'll keep pushing myself as hard as I can go. It's a league of high intensity and when you are coming off a tough season, its normal that sometimes the body gives in.

"But for a tournament like the World Cup, you want to give your best and you can't let your body hold you back. You just have to push on."

South Africa are in Group A, where all the teams are level on a point each after France and Uruguay drew 0-0 in Cape Town in their first match.