Former Bafana Bafana captain Steven Pienaar spent Youth Day pitch-side in Westbury, Johannesburg encouraging young footballers at his annual Steven Pienaar Community Tournament which attracted over 100 teams across U9 to U19 age groups as well men and women Open divisions.
Strokes FC took home the R100 000 first prize in the men’s Open division which attracted 24 teams, with runners up Yorkshires getting R50 000. Diepsloot Ladies proved the best of the 6 teams in the women’s Open division and won R20 000, with runners up Argentinos netting R10 000. While quarterfinalists across all age divisions were presented with new PUMA playing kits branded Steven Pienaar Community Tournament.
It is the 13th year that Pienaar has hosted the tournament in his old home suburb of Westbury, and it has become so popular that qualifiers for the younger age groups now start in April.
“When I retired from playing lots of people asked me if that would be the end of the tournament. But this is about the kids, and the community looks forward to it. It is not only about football,” said Pienaar. “It also gives people opportunities – from the kids getting to DJ beside the pitch, to food stalls, the stewards and parking attendants; it is an opportunity for the unemployed to put food on the table.”
PUMA Marketing Manager Brett Bellinger commented, “Even though his professional playing days are now behind him, Steven continues to be a wonderful brand ambassador for PUMA. His commitment to providing opportunities for kids who share a similar background is inspiring, and we are proud to be part of the Steven Pienaar Community Tournament.”