Former Bafana Bafana and Everton player Steven ‘Schillo’ Pienaar has retired from football.

Pienaar made this announcement on the SABC Sport @10 on Wednesday night.

Pienaar’s retirement comes two months after he was released by Absa Premiership champions Bidvest Wits after having joined them in the beginning of the season.

He thanked his family and supporters for keeping him going strong through thick and thin in his football career.

He says it was not an easy decision to make, but at the end he had to make it to focus on spending time with his family.

The 35-year-old played for Ajax Cape Town before spending most of his football career in Europe where he plied trade for Ajax Amsterdam (Netherlands), Borussia Dortmund (Germany), Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland (England)

Schillo was named Everton’s Player of the Season in 2010, in England. He is among the players who played more than 50 games for Bafana and he featured in two World Cup competitions, which was 2002 in South Korea; Japan and 2010 held in South Africa.

The Westbury-born also mentioned that he will make an announcement about his future plans in the near future.