Legendary Feet. Legendary Heart.
They say a legend is an old man with a cane known for what he used to do; that his accolades best describe him and gives his audience a reason to remember him. For years, and to no end, the Real Steven Pienaar will enter the book of class greats.
The past weekend was one of legends (at least what can be classified as legendary moments), and a few step-up to the scale. These includes Kurtley Beal - a Wallabie that tore at the hearts of many Boks, The Lions roared louder than any bad Storm causing the biggest upset in 2010 Currie Cup (since Pumas embarrassed the over-confident Bulls), by thrashing Western Province. Frankly, I wasn’t upset all, neither was The Star Newspaper’s Chief Sport writer - Kevin McCallum - who probably opened more beers cans than he had in his life. Cindy Poluta of Eyewitness News Sport kicked up her heels for her beloved Lions. But the man of the weekend has to be Schillo.
Bafana Bafana has evolved under the guidance of Carlos, and seems to be souring with Pitso in the driving seat. The 2010 World Cup has left an impressionable legacy. My white boss actually won a ‘Name a Bafana’ contest against her brother and husband. Yeah this inheritance is serving the white household, and on the pitch it was evident on the Blackstars / Niger clashes. The endless missed opportunities (especially against Niger) are an extensive concern though, and while Pitso may be a patient man, the Boks have shown the SA Fan Club is anything but.
Pienaar flaunted his escalating ball skills, hushing his critics and fuelling the ever burning fire of his fan base by collecting the MOM award. The Everton man proved once again why he is SA’s greatest export to the English League and an avid midfielder. While most players wouldn’t part with the ball in the ‘18 area’, Schillo displayed his unselfish heart by sending one of those legendary passes to a man who, even though lacks composure (at times), deserves to be playing in the English soil – (My boss inserts ‘Hot’ and I *SMH* ‘Killer’) Mphela. Bernard Parker’s goal and the other five that should have been are a reflection of this Capetonian’s God given structure.
If I had illusions of making pro-soccer Pienaar’s jersey would probably be on my wall.
Ah Legendary Heart. Legendary Feat.