Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Thulani Serero has finally told his side of the story regarding his expulsion from the Bafana camp on Friday night.
Serero was kicked out of the camp ahead of the Botswana game for allegedly faking injury, but the 23-year-old attacking midfielder says he would never fake an injury.
“I will never do such a thing,” Serero was quoted on Sowetan.
According to Igesund and his technical team, Serero told Serame Letsoaka (Bafana assistant coach) that he was looking forward to his club’s Uefa Champions League match next week and didn't want to risk himself by playing against Botswana.
However, Serero says he has been in the same situation before, and that he wouldn’t have agreed to join Bafana in Durban if he didn’t want to represent the country.
“I have played for Bafana Bafana in the past ahead of big Champions League games. The other thing is I'm not the coach, so there is no guarantee that I will play. I would not have travelled to Durban from Holland if I did not want to play,” added Serero.
Serero reveals that he warned Igesund on Wednesday that his old groin injury might be coming back, and that it is for that reason he asked to be excused for the Botswana clash.
“The truth of the matter is that I started feeling an excruciating pain after Wednesday’s training. Later in the evening, I went to coach Gordon to explain to him that I suspect my niggling groin problem is coming back.
“It was the same pain I felt when I was out of action for several months last year,” he said.
Igesund told reporters after the Botswana game that he will report the matter to Safa, and he wants Serero to be called to a hearing.
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