Serero to end Ajax night­mare

The New Age (Free State) - - SPORT - KGOMOTSO SETHUSHA kgo­mot­sos@the­newage.co.za

THU­LANI Serero’s time at AjaxA Am­s­ter­dam is cer­tainly over as he seeks a move from the club.club

He is set for a trans­fer to Fran France, hav­ing seen out the re­main­der­re­mainde of his three-year con­tract at A Ajax play­ing for their re­serve JongJ Ajax side in the Jupiter Leagu League.

He played only five games,game a to­tal of 450 min­utes of com­pet­i­tive­comp tive foot­ball all sea­son, ex­clud ex­clud­ing the two World Cup qual­i­fier fix­tures tures for Bafana Bafana.

Serero, who at­tracted in­ter in­ter­est from Bel­gium and Greece in the past, spent five fruit­ful sea­son­sseas with the Dutch gi­ants, win­ning­winn three league championships and the Dutch Su­per Cup.

But it all went pear- shaped when he bat­tled for form. The im­proved form he showed to­wards the end of the sea­son wasn’t enough to im­press in­com­ing coach Peter Bocz, who sent him to the re­serve side.

At 27, Serero could still re­dis­cover the form that saw him named PSL foot­baller of the year, player of the sea­son, play­ers’ player of the sea­son and young player of the sea­son back in 2011.

He has been ex­cluded from the lat­est Bafana squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Na­tions qual­i­fier against Nige­ria due to his lack of game time. Bafana coach Stu­art Bax­ter fully ex­plained his de­ci­sion on the 33-time capped South African in­ter­na­tional.

“I no­ti­fied him that I don’t think it’s fair on him or on the rest of the squad when he’d only had 800 min­utes of foot­ball at top level over the last year,” Bax­ter said.

“Once he gets to a new ad­dress I’ll be look­ing to work with him. It is not one of those sit­u­a­tions where if you’ve played five games then you are el­i­gi­ble for se­lec­tion. He could have played six, seven or even 30 games. Each sit­u­a­tion is dif­fer­ent.”

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