Igesund kicks Serero out of Bafana squad, sends him back to Holland

2013-09-09 00:00

IF Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has one good quality, it is passion.

He is proud to be the coach of the national team, and he expects the same from his players. So when Thulani Serero was kicked out of the squad on Friday — the eve of Bafana’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Botswana — for saying that he didn’t want to play for fear of getting injured ahead of a Champions League clash against Barcelona for his club Ajax Amsterdam on September 18, it was no surprise.

According to Igesund, Serero claimed to have a “tight muscle” and said that he felt he should not play. After consultation with the team doctor, Serero was reportedly told that he was fit to play, but still he was not up for the task.

After a meeting with Igesund and the Bafana technical team on Friday, Serero was told that his services would no longer be required and that he would be returning to Holland.

“For me, that is unacceptable. I can’t take that,” Igesund said of the situation. “There was no patriotism there. I want a team of players who want to play for South Africa and want to put that jersey on.”

Igesund also questioned why Serero agreed to come to South Africa in the first place if he knew that he didn’t want to play.

“The truth of the matter is that Thulani Serero turned his back on us because he wanted to play in the Champions League,” said Igesund.

“We didn’t rush the decision, but after applying my mind I decided that I didn’t want anything to upset the group of players that I have or are so passionate about representing their country.”

Igesund added that Serero was released from the camp, taken to the hotel next door, looked after in terms of meals and then escorted to the airport to get on the plane “to go back to where he wanted to be so desperately”.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.