Steven Pienaar recently became the third former Bafana Bafana player to obtain his UEFA Pro Licence.
It is the highest coaching badge in the professional game and is the culmination of a year’s worth of hard work for the 40-year-old, who has been working as an assistant coach for the Ajax Amsterdam Under-18s.
Pienaar joins former Bafana teammates Benni McCarthy and Quinton Fortune, who also have the UEFA Pro Licence to their names.
“What a proper learning experience it was, with this amazing guys, lot of football experience in this group. Thanks to Nigel and the mentors,I worked with and special thanks to the @northernireland FA for allowing to get on the coaching courses#uefaprolicence,” he wrote on Instagram.
Pienaar started his professional career at Ajax Cape Town before leaving for Amsterdam. A move to Borussia Dortmund followed in 2006 before an 11-year stint in England with Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland. He finished his career back home with a brief with Bidvest Wits.