In Mzansi! Bremen Star Opens Up On Baxter & Serero...
Werder Bremen’s Niclas Moisander may be visiting South Africa for the first time, but he already has links to the country due to his relationships with Stuart Baxter and Thulani Serero…
Moisander, who recently turned 33, was given his Finland debut by Baxter back in 2008 and spent a few years playing with Serero at Ajax Amsterdam when they were there together in the Netherlands.
Now, with Bremen on a midseason training camp in Mzansi, the former Sampdoria defender has given some insight into his relationship with the Bafana Bafana head coach and midfielder, praising both of them in an interview with the media this week.
When asked about his thoughts on Baxter and his tenure with the Finnish national team, Moisander said, “He was the first coach who called me for the national team, and that was a great moment for me. I liked him as a trainer, you could see that he had experience from all over the world, he’s a man of the world, and he’s had success both here and in Sweden. He’s a good trainer, and I’m thankful that he gave me my debut in the Finnish team.
“We got some good results, but unfortunately didn’t make it to the European Championships or World Cup, but that’s not so easy. Finland has never been in the European Championships or World Cup, so there’s been other trainers who have tried. I think there aren’t even youth trainers, it’s a big question that we’re still looking at in Finland and trying to figure out.”
Meanwhile, he also heaped praise on Serero, saying, “I really liked him as a player, he’s one of the most technical that I’ve played with… He’s a great player, but also a great guy and he was great to have in the locker room. He was very loved in Ajax, and I have warm memories about when we played together and won two championships. Good guy and a good player.”
The centre back retired from international football in 2017 but says that he’s feeling good and has no plans to hang up his boots at this point in time.