Vital Football

Latest Everton FC News

Pienaar & Essien slammed as egotistical

Pienaar & Essien slammed as egotistical

Everton's Steven Pienaar and Chelsea's Michael Essien have been branded as selfish and egotistical by Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana.

Nonkonyana was speaking as chairman of the Local Organising Committee ahead of South Africa hosting this years African Cup of Nations.

Essien has asked to be excused from playing in the tournament, whilst 30-year-old Pienaar announced his retirement from international football in October.

Pienaar had played for South Africa over 60 times over the past decade and had captained his country, but the travelling was beginning to take it's toll and Pienaar opted to retire from international football in a bid to prolong his playing career.

It's something that we have seen a number of British players do over the years and that's without all the travelling required when representing South Africa.

But the decision has angered some people back in his home country, especially with South Africa hosting the ACN.

"I would say to [Steven Pienaar], he must remember that he came from the ghettos in South Africa and he became a national player because the South African FA identified him and developed him to be where he was, He would not have gone to England unless he had some international caps.' Nonkonyana told The Echo

He continued: "It cannot be right for any player produced [in Africa] to say I prefer my club.

"That is selfishness in my view; it is very egotistical. It is time to instil in every player national pride."

'It is time now for players to be proud of their own nations. The gentlemen we are talking about, they are megastars now as a direct result of the contribution of their national associations,'


Vital Everton is 100% interactive. Not only can you have your say on the articles and the forums but you can also write an article to be published on the website or a suggest a poll so you can air your views.

Join Vital Everton





Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Yak
Date:Wednesday December 5 2012
Time: 1:00PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Everton Articles

Martinez claims blues deserved better

Everton manager Roberto Martinez claims Everton deserved better after losing at home to a frankly terrible West Brom side.

Stats: Everton v West Brom

All the stats from Everton (0) vs (1) West Brom, Goodison Park, Saturday, February 13, 15:00 Att:

Everton unchanged for West Brom game

Everton name the same starting XI that beat Stoke 3-0 last weekend.

Everton V West Brom Match Preview

A buoyant Everton side host a struggling West Brom side at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon. Everton are coming off an impressive 3-0 win away at Stoke, which was their 2nd consecutive league win,

Archived Vital Everton Articles

Vital Everton articles from

Site Journalists

Yak
Profile
Holroyd
Profile
radders1990
Profile
Rob-EFC
Profile
born2bblue
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Should it be the end of the road for Martinez?
Suggested By:
Yes - Sack Him54%
No - Keep Him46%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 25 15 8 2 53 20
2 Spurs 25 13 9 3 48 26
3 Arsenal 25 14 6 5 48 17
4 Man City 25 14 5 6 47 21
5 Man Utd 26 11 8 7 41 9
6 Southampton 26 11 7 8 40 10
7 West Ham 26 10 10 6 40 9
8 Watford 26 10 6 10 36 1
9 Stoke 26 10 6 10 36 -5
10 Everton 26 8 11 7 35 11
11 Liverpool 25 9 8 8 35 -4
12 Chelsea 26 8 9 9 33 2
13 Crystal Palace 26 9 5 12 32 -5
14 WBA 26 8 8 10 32 -8
15 AFC Bournemouth 26 7 7 12 28 -14
16 Swansea 26 6 9 11 27 -10
17 Norwich 26 6 6 14 24 -20
18 Newcastle 26 6 6 14 24 -22
19 Sunderland 26 6 5 15 23 -18
20 Aston Villa 25 3 7 15 16 -20
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Everton Fixtures (view all)

Feb 20 2016 5:15PM : AFC Bournemouth (a)
FA Cup
Feb 28 2016 12:00PM : Liverpool (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 1 2016 7:45PM : Aston Villa (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 5 2016 3:00PM : West Ham United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 12 2016 3:00PM : Sunderland (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 19 2016 12:45PM : Arsenal (H)
Barclays Premier League

Recent Everton Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.EvertonMike20
2.Rob-EFC13
3.Yak3