The South African Football Association (Safa) has confirmed that Thulani Serero will no longer be considered for future Bafana Bafana call-ups, CEO Dennis Mumble said on Tuesday.
According to Mumble, the decision was taken together with Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter, who also expressed his dissatisfaction at some of the players who continue to desrespect the national team.
“I can tell you now that those who continue to disrespect the national team will not be considered for selection in future matches. We can’t continue to tolerate that kind of an attitude,” Mumble told Independent Media.
“It is not the first time he has disrespected the national team, and he is not going to be called to the national team again. It is not only Serero, but all those who continue to misbehave when they are called to represent the country,” he said.
“We’ve had a long conversation with the coach about this, and he is unhappy with the ill-discipline of the players when they are called into the national team. We are no longer going to entertain such behaviour,” added Mumble.
Mumble said the country's FA understands the pressure that South African players often go through in Europe, especially after returning from international breaks.
However, he reiterated that Bafana Bafana should always come first and be treated with respect.
“We understand the pressure that the players go through in Europe. We know it is not easy, but the national team should always come first and also be treated with respect. We can’t have the players who coaches the coach. I don’t get involved in team selection, but the coach has stressed that he wants to maintain the discipline. We don’t want prima-donnas in our national team,” concluded Mumble.