Ajax Doubtful Of Serero Afcon Return
10 October 2012
Thulani Serero’s club, Ajax Amsterdam, have said that they are doubtful that the Bafana Bafana midfielder will be back in time for next year’s African Cup of Nations.
Serero had a tremendous start to the new season in Ajax colours, however suffered an unfortunate injury against ADO Den Haag and has subsequently been ruled out for a number of months.
While the player himself recently told the Siya crew that he had started his rehabilitation and was hoping to be back in time to join Gordon Igesund’s Afcon side, his club is not as optimistic.
Ajax have said, "We don't expect him to recover in time and take part of Africa Cup of Nations with Bafana Bafana. Even if he recovers quickly, both the club and the player remain cautious.
“Thulani overcame a series of small injuries last campaign and was becoming a regular for Ajax this season, so this latest problem is particularly difficult for him."
Despite the disappointment, Serero will take heart from the fact that the club also spoke of their coach’s admiration for him, concluding by saying, "Thulani is a great footballer and a great person. He has the right mentality to succeed, and manager Frank de Boer is keen on Serero's footballing qualities."
While the 22-year-old will undoubtedly try his best to return in time for the Afcon, he may well be fighting a losing battle.