Thulani Serero has refused to report to the South African national team camp until Head Coach Stuart Baxter and his technical team guarantees the player game-time.
Bafana Bafana reported to camp earlier this week in dribs and drabs, with the likes of Kaizer Chiefs players and the European-based contingent reporting to camp at a later time.
It has since been confirmed to Soccer Laduma that Serero, who is currently plying his trade in the Dutch Eredivisie, has refused to report for Bafana camp, with sources at SAFA revealing that the reason is that the player wants to be guaranteed game-time at the national team before getting on the flight to Mzansi.
Speaking to SAFA’s Head of Communications, Dominic Chimhavi, he revealed that the technical team is extremely displeased with the response from Serero, as the Bafana squad announcement was made more than two weeks ago, enough time for the player to make this particular decision and for Head Coach Baxter to take the necessary measures.
“Yes it is true, he does not want to report for the Bafana Bafana camp if he is not guaranteed to play, but what has disgruntled the technical team more is that he waited until the flight ticket was booked and all expenses paid before he made this decision.
“It is childish because in most African national teams most of the players are flying from Europe to represent their countries and don’t complain. This is not the first time with Thulani Serero, he has a history of misconduct with national team coaches.
“We have asked the player to put his grievances in writing and the association will make a decision after that,” Chimhavi told the Siya crew.