Moyes invokes 14-day rule
David Moyes has revealed that he intends to play Steven Pienaar against Chelsea on Tuesday.
Last Updated: 07/01/08 4:48pm
Everton manager David Moyes has revealed that he intends to play Steven Pienaar against Chelsea on Tuesday.
It was expected that Pienaar would join up with the South Africa squad last Sunday as the national side begin their preparations for the African Cup of Nations.
However, Moyes has explained that he has been in discussions with the South African Football Association over involving the midfielder in the Carling Cup semi-final against Chelsea.
The Toffees manager has alerted the SFA to the 14-day rule, which states that a country can claim their player 14 days before international action.
The African Cup of Nations begins on 20th January, but South Africa are not in action until 23rd January - which is 15 days after the game at Stamford Bridge.
"Steven Pienaar will be here as well. We have invoked our 14-day rule and Steven will stay with us," he told the club's official website.
"South Africa are unhappy, I have spoken with (South Africa manager) Carlos Alberto Parreira and I understand his argument fully, but I have to fight for Everton and we need to keep our best players.
"As far as I see it, they play their first game on the 23rd, our game is the eighth so that is 15 days and Steven Pienaar will stay and play for us unless we are told differently.
"He plays on the 23rd and as far as I am concerned that makes him available to play for Everton on the eighth.
"I have said many times, we are the ones that pay the wages. We respect the African Nations and I am looking forward to watching the tournament.
"We will get him on the first plane out of London on Tuesday or Wednesday."