Johannesburg - Holland-based midfield sensation Thulani Serero is relishing the
prospects of playing against the star-studded Ivory Coast in the Mandela
Challenge in Port Elizabeth on November 12, reports the Sowetan.
Serero has been declared fit to play by his club Ajax Amsterdam after
he was sidelined by an iliopsoas muscle strain for almost five weeks.
"I'm feeling on top of the world to be back in action. It has not
been nice for me to sit in the stands and watch the other guys play,"
"I played with our reserve team in the game against Sparta last
Sunday, which was also watched by senior team coach Frank de Boer, who
was highly impressed (with my performance).
"I played for only 60 minutes and was replaced as a precautionary
measure. I'm looking forward to playing with the senior team again,"
He is likely to be given a run on Saturday when the fifth-placed Ajax take on 13th-placed FC Utrecht in the Dutch Eredivisie.
On the Mandela Challenge, Serero said: "It's good to have Ivory Coast
coming to celebrate Madiba's contribution to the liberation of South
Africa with us this year.
"I would love to feature in that game, but the selection of players is the responsibility of the technical staff."