‘I’m in a room with Zlatan’ – Pienaar recalled the relationship with Ibrahimovic at Ajax | Instant News

The 38-year-old South African player was in Godenzonen’s books between 2001 and 2006

Retired south Africa International player Steven Pienaar admitted he and Zlatan Ibrahimovic shared a room during their time together as teammates at Ajax.

The Johannesburg-born midfielder began his career at the Ajax Cape Town affiliate club in 1999 before heading to the Dutch capital two years later, where he met the Swedish coach who joined from Malmo at the same time.

The two men made 143 combined appearances, having contributed to 103 goals (66 goals, 37 assists).

“I usually go out with Zlatan and Rafa [van der Vaart], “Pienaar said That Athletic.

“I remember one game in Groningen where we lived near the city the night before the match. Hooligans in the Netherlands can be very active, but our hotel is quite remote and we don’t think there will be a problem.

“We had dinner and then went to our rooms. We watched TV and slept only to be woken up one morning by the club doctor, wearing pajamas.

“Very calmly, he told us not to panic but there was a fire and we needed to take our bags and leave the room.”

The controversy was roasted at Ajax where Ibrahimovic – known for his hot temper – threw scissors at Mido. However, Pienaar clarified what happened, saying the opposite was the Egyptians who did it.

“That’s the opposite! Two boys are the winners. They are actually good friends,” Pienaar continued.

“We play The Champions League the game and they argue about who didn’t pass the ball or something.

“The argument starts on the ground and continues in the dressing room. My chair is next to Zlatan.

“Mido removed the straps from his ankles with scissors. He threw scissors and they crashed into the wall between Zlatan and me.

“Senior players say it’s good because we think because it shows we have a winning mentality.

“It came out in the paper and looked like a big problem, but they really came home together after the match. We have a tight dressing room.

“There are senior players like Jari Litmanen and young people like me and Zlatan.

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“Christian Chivu is our captain, a player who does everything for the team. Good in football, strong, tactical, and he can score goals for defenders.

“I will have him in my team before other players.”

Pienaar continues to play Borussia Dortmund, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland before retiring at home together Bidvest Intelligence in 2018.


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