Serero: Rather My Sofa Than Bafana’s Bench
Thulani Serero has spoken for the first time since snubbing Bafana Bafana ahead of their clash with Senegal, saying that his sofa in the Netherlands is more comfortable than the bench.
The 27-year-old’s international career is now in serious doubt after telling the national team that he would only come for camp if he had a guarantee of playing time, a demand that Stuart Baxter was unwilling to accept.
‘Cream’ stayed in Holland, and Bafana failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia, and now he has attempted to explain the reasoning behind his decision.
Speaking to Dutch publication, De Gelderlander, he said, “The sofa in Arnhem is more comfortable than the South African bench… I have thought about it long and hard. If the national team wants me‚ then I must play, but as the situation is now I don’t want to go. What the consequences are for my international career we’ll see.
“I understand what was at stake and that the games were important but if I wasn’t going to play‚ I did not want to fly to South Africa for nothing.”
Serero says that not playing for the national team hurt his confidence and that it was affecting him at club level with Vitesse in the Eredivisie.
He added, “Up to now I’ve gone back to Holland very disappointed each time. Three times I flew over full of expectation but on none of the occasions did I get a chance to play.
"That hit my confidence. I can’t then have to build up confidence again at Vitesse. I’d rather stay and keep my standard and my rhythm.”
Meanwhile, though Baxter says he found out Serero’s demands from Barney Kujane, the player says that he informed the coach of his decision last Sunday.
He concluded by saying, “I did not take the decision just like that. It’s sad for me. But I was also most surprised that I travelled three times and was never used.”
Bafana will now turn their attention to the African Cup of Nations qualifiers coming up next year, and it seems unlikely that Serero will be playing any role at this stage.