Serero Refuses To Honour Bafana Call-Up
Bafana Bafana midfielder Thulani Serero has ruled himself out of the national team’s upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifier against Senegal.
The Vitesse midfielder wants to be guaranteed game-time to come play for Bafana, so he has indicated that he would not be flying to South Africa for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Senegal.
Since Stuart Baxter took over as national team coach from Shakes Mashaba, Serero has not played. He has been called up for the last three qualifiers.
“He gave the indication to Bra Barney [team manager, Kujane] that if he is not going to play he does not want to come to camp,” Baxter was quoted as saying by KickOff.
“Because this is a national team and not a club, this is not a place where we can guarantee people places. If he does not feel that it’s an honour enough to be called to the national team camp, then he may as well stay where he is. Whether that’s permanent I don’t know.
“It’s a shame for his teammates who are working hard to try and beat Senegal, but that’s the way it is and it’s everybody’s right to say ‘I am okay to be in the squad, I am okay to come sit in the stand and I am okay to be on the bench’.”
Asked if Serero had spoken to him about his decision to stay away, Baxter said: “He told Bra B that he should cancel the flight. He did not get in touch with me at all. When I came to camp Bra B flagged it to me and said ‘listen we have an issue with Serero’. He has to put it in writing so that we don’t look stupid with ‘he said, she said’.”