Sadio Mane of Senegal challenged by Thulani Serero of South Africa during 2018 World Cup Qualifiers match between South Africa and Senegal at Peter Mokab Stadium, November on the 12 November 2016 © Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Tuesday Nov 06, 2018. 13:00
Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter has clarified why he has given midfielder Thulani Serero another chance, following the former Ajax Cape Town star's inclusion in the squad to face Nigeria this month.
Serero has had several run-ins with South Africa coach past and present and infamously quit Bafana Bafana last November after being called up for back-to-back 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
The 28-year-old argued at the time that there was no use for him to report for international duty if he wasn't guaranteed playing time.
“Thulani indicated strongly to the people in the association that he wanted to make himself available for selection. I obviously checked on his form, and he’s been playing quite well, a lot, and at a good level,” Baxter is quoted as saying by KickOff.com.
“I obviously spoke to him so that we are both on the same page and I needed to know from him that his availability was unconditional – he assured me it was, and I was delighted to hear that because he’s one of the players that has played at a very good level.
Baxter continued; "I thought his decision was poor when he didn’t want to come back, and that’s okay. But I do think everybody’s got a right to a second chance. With me, this is his second chance."
Serero has featured 15 times for Dutch club Vitesse across all competitions this season.