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Serero injury controversy:Who is fooling who?

[Posted 17 Nov 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Thulani Serero"s controversial omission from Bafana squad blamed on his club Ajax

Amaglug-glug (South Africa's Under 20 side) and Ajax Cape Town midfield star Thulani Serero was ommitted from the Bafana Bafana squad currently in camp for the Nelson Mandela Challenge against the USA in Cape Town tonight amid conflicting reasons for his omission.

Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane has told the local media that he intended to call the young midfield dynamo, but was advised by Ajax officials that the player was injured. What baffled Jingles was to see the player in action after being 'mislead' to believe Serero was injured.

"I still don't how the player could have played for Ajax if we were told the player was injured," Mosimane was quoted saying.

Serero featured for Ajax in their 1-0 victory over fellow Capetonians Vasco da Gama in a league match on 10 November, and even scored the only goal of the match. The youngster also featured for his club three days later against Free State Stars.

Ajax PRO Thabiso Mekuto insists that Serero is injured as they reported to the Bafana management.

"Thulani is injured and he's not been training with the team. We treat him before every game and if the medical team feels he is ready to play then he plays," Mekuto claims.

"They didn't select him when they were selecting the squad.

"He (Mosimane) only realises now that he is in Cape Town and it is better if he calls Thulani!

"It is not about the team not wanting Thulani to be there… of course we wanted him to be there, but the reality is he was not in the 23-man squad in the first place.

"He is an injured player. He doesn't train and he gets treatment (before matches)… if he feels okay then he plays and at the moment it hasn't looked bad.

"If he (Mosimane) doesn't believe us he must come watch our training," Mekuto told

So who is fooling who in this ugly saga?

The player has at last broken his silence and his statements provide an answer as to who is trying to fool the South African public between Ajax club and the Bafana management.

"I am not injured," declares Serero, from his camp with the Amaglug-glug side.

"The last time I got injured was against Free State Stars (on October 27 in the Telkom Knockout) when I had a problem with my hamstring.

"I did manage to play the full game and it didn't take long for me to recover, but I missed the next one against Orlando Pirates (on October 30) because I was suspended for one match, but that was the only match I missed this season," Serero said in an interview with Kick-Off.

"I'm in camp with the U-23s (who will play in a friendly against Botswana as a curtain raiser to the Bafana v USA match tonight at Cape Town Stadium).

"It is the fault of the club ( that he is not in the Bafana team).

"I was not informed that the coach wanted to call me up for the match against the USA… I don't know it is confusing. I don't know," Serero added, painfully.

It is not clear what course of action the South African Football Association will take against any guilty parties in this fiasco given the revelations of the player.

In Cape Town, the supposed exclusion of Cape Town-based players from Bafana squad have dominated discussions on radio shows, with DJ Tapfuma Makina of Heart FM leading the discussions on his breakfast show last weekend.

There is a feeling among Capetonians that the national team selectors were deliberately ignoring in-form players from the Mother-city's PSL clubs such as Santos, Ajax Cape Town and newly promoted Vasco da Gama.

The actions of Ajax, if it is to be proved that they blocked the call-up of Serero, will put paid the efforts of radio DJs and soccer fans in the mother-city to prove that players from the city are being unfairly left out of the Bafana squads.

Apart from Serero, other players who have caught the eye with their performances in the PSL from Cape Town-based clubs include the ever-green Santos FC player Erwin Isaacs and former Bafana captain Sibusiso Zuma of Vasco da Gama.

Some soccer fans are incensed by what they believe to be continued overlooking of Isaacs over the years, even at a time when Bafana desperately needed a creative attacking midfielder. Such fans still beileve today, that Isaacs could provide an answer for Bafana's creativity problems upfront.




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