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By Chineze Ogugua

A statement on Everton’s official website has unveiled Steven Pienaar as the club’s first International Ambassador. This comes after the South African former player announced his retirement from football in March this year.

Steven Pienaar

According to the statement released, Pienaar “will support commercial activities for the Club and its Official Club Partners, as well as helping to continue to build the profile of Everton Football Club across the globe.”

The 36-year-old joined Everton from Borussia Dortmund in 2007 and signed permanently after a successful maiden campaign at Goodison Park.He left Merseyside in 2011 for a brief spell at Tottenham Hotspur, but returned in 2012 before leaving in 2016.

Pienaar on his part appreciated the gesture while promising to work effectively in his new role.

I have felt enormous affection for [Everton] since the day I first signed and I am both honoured and delighted to become an official International Ambassador,”

“Everton Football Club is very special to me and I look forward to further developing our unique bond in my new role and helping to spread the word of its fantastic work,”

“This is a very proud day for me and I am delighted to be returning to a club that made me feel so welcome as a player.”

Pienaar has made over 60 appearances for South Africa.

Read also: Steven Pienaar Retires From Football

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