Returning Bafana Bafana international, Thulani Serero, says that he’s willing to play anywhere that Stuart Baxter wants him to against Nigeria.
Serero this week had his first full training session with Bafana after a year-long absence, with the Vitesse Arnhem man facing the wrath of the South African Football Association over comments made about his place in the squad last year.
Now though, that all seems to have been put behind the people involved as ‘Cream’ looks to push his way into Baxter’s starting XI for the clash with the Super Eagles, and he says that he’s pleased to be back in contention.
Speaking to the media this week, the 28-year-old said, “It feels good being back in the country and seeing the guys, everybody in the squad… It’s been a nice welcome, I haven’t seen the guys in a while and it’s been nice catching up.
“I’m South African, and I love playing for my country. It’s nothing more than that, I don’t have to say anything else.”
When asked about the conversation that took place between him and the coach prior to his return, Serero replied, “There was a normal simple conversation and we understood each other. It was simple, and I’m here - that’s the most important thing. You can ask him what he said to me, but the most important thing is that I’m here and happy to be part of the team.
“We shouldn’t make this about me, the most important thing is to win on Saturday. It’s not about me. We need to get the three points and qualify for the African Cup.”
During his time with Vitesse – he has been almost ever-present this season – Serero has been played as more of a defensive midfielder by his coach, with the star explaining, “It’s a different position, and I like to go more forward, but the way we play, we play from the back and the coach wants me to get the ball from there and make the team play. Sometimes I do go forward, but it’s about what the coach wants.”
So will he be happy playing a bit further up the field if called upon? It seems the answer is yes. “For me, any position is fine. It’s no problem,” he said.