Everton hold back Pienaar

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Everton have risked sparking a major row with South Africa by refusing to release Steven Pienaar for African Nations Cup duty.

Everton are determined to maximise world governing body FIFA´s 14-day ruling for the release of players for international duty, and while the tournament begins on January 20, because South Africa do not play their first game against Angola until January 23, the club believe they are entitled to extra time with the player.

Manager David Moyes said: "We have looked carefully at the rule and it is not clear whether the 14 days applies to the first match for South Africa or the opening date of the competition. We believe that 14 days should apply to South Africa´s first match. I have spoken to the South Africa manager [Carlos Alberto Parreira] and they are clearly not pleased."

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