Josephs lays into Pirates players

Bidvest Wits goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs

Bidvest Wits goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs has shared his insights on Orlando Pirates’ worst-ever season and welcomed a move for Steven Pienaar to the Buccaneers.

The shot-stopper, who was named Absa Premiership Player of the Month for May on Wednesday, spoke about the possibility of Steven Pienaar making a return to the PSL, with Slimkat suggesting that a move to Pirates would be beneficial to both parties concerned.

“Schillo’ [Pienaar] is a big Orlando Pirates supporter. Big, big, big. Massive, massive [supporter],” he told told PowerSport.

”I think he can bring that spark back to Pirates; I am vouching for Steven to come to Orlando Pirates.

”Pirates need a player like him, not these players who are Instagram players … they need a player like Steven Pienaar, a real star to come and turn things around for Pirates again,” he added.

The former Ajax Cape Town man then went on to say that many of the current crop of Pirates players do not understand what it means to don the Pirates jersey, labelling them ‘Instagram stars’.

”Many of these [Pirates] players are Instagram stars, they are not doing the business for Pirates.

”There isn’t pride any more for the team, they are not playing for the team, for the Ghost [supporters], for the ancestors, as they say. They are playing for Instagram. Whatever they are doing at training is done for Instagram,” he said.

Having won back-to-back league titles with Pirates, Josephs suggested it would take a big-name player such as Pienaar to get the Soweto giants back on the right track.

‘Bring the stars, the real stars, that is what Benni [McCarthy] did for us at Pirates, they brought a big star and he turned Pirates around for us.

‘I love Orlando Pirates, they have been good to me, they gave me a stepping-stone to play on the biggest stage and to see the players now doing what they are doing, representing the team like they are, with the fans hungry for success.

‘I don’t care if they win the Nedbank Cup, with the type of football they are playing, the way they are going about losing games, and the next day they are on Instagram as if nothing has happened.

‘That p****s me off, a team like Pirates needs more than that, there is not enough pride,’ he concluded.

Photo: Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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