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Serero puts club before Bafana

2013-09-07 22:49

Durban - Thulani Serero tried to manipulate his country in order to ensure he was fully fit for Champions League duty with his Dutch club Ajax Amsterdam, Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund revealed on Saturday.

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The 23-year-old was released from the South African camp for disciplinary reasons on the eve of their crucial Soccer World Cup qualifier against Botswana, although no reasons were given at the time.

“He said he had a tight muscle and he was scared of injuring himself,” Igesund told an extended news conference after Bafana's 4-1 win over the Zebras in Durban.

“I informed him on Thursday that he’s looking excellent and he will start on Saturday.

“But then he went to my doctor to tell him he has a tight muscle in his thigh and groin area. The doctor checked him up and he was fine.

“He was called up here and he was fit to play. If he wasn’t fit, he should have just said I’m injured, but not once did he tell anyone of us that.”

The problem initially started when Serero told medical chief Carl Tabane he did not want to play because of the injury. But after being cleared, he informed the doctor there was a “big Champions League game in Holland next week, which he couldn’t afford to miss”.

He said the same thing to assistant coach Serame Letsoaka, who informed Igesund after which an hour-long meeting was held.

South Africa went on to win the match on Saturday, although they missed out on reaching the final stages of qualifying after Ethiopia beat Central African Republic 2-1 to top Group A.

Serero’s club face Spanish giants Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Wednesday.

“There was no patriotism there, it was something I couldn’t take, especially when I have a bunch of players that want to play for South Africa and want to pull on that Bafana Bafana jersey,” Igesund, who conceded that Serero was arrogant at the meeting, explained.

“I’m very surprised by his attitude and the big head he seems to have developed, like he's better than the rest of the players there.

“The truth of the matter is that Thulani Serero turned his back on us because he wants to play in the Champions League. That is insulting in my opinion.”

The national coach said he was more surprised by the attitude of the player considering that his club coach at Ajax, Frank de Boer, wanted him to gain game-time after only recently returning from injury.

“He (de Boer) said the player (Serero) has been doing well and just needed game time.

"So I don’t know what went wrong,” Igesund said.

Igesund did not say whether he thought the former Ajax Cape Town forward Serero would play for the national team in the future or not.

“I don’t like to make quick and hasty decisions.

"He’ll have to face a hearing I suppose, I’ll give my report into SAFA (SA Football Association) and I honestly believe I’ve done my job.

“I’ve done what’s right for the team and for the country. I had to make the decision and I stand by it. Some might say it harsh, but under no circumstances do I feel it’s harsh. You’ve got to face up to your responsibility."

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Comments
  • Om Nom Nom - 2013-09-07 23:00

    Don't ask what you can do for your country... ask what your country can do for you.

  • Simo Mqadi - 2013-09-07 23:03

    we hv patriotic players who would put the country first. why did he come in the 1st place?

  • Tshilidzi Oscar - 2013-09-07 23:13

    I commend GI for the decision. As good a player as Serero is, he doesn't deserve to play for Bafana with that stinking attitude

  • Thelezi Dondolo - 2013-09-07 23:20

    That's why our football is failing... These boys have developed a big head now!!! Some of our soccer players should learn a thing or 2 from Rugby players!!!

      Tru Dafida - 2013-09-07 23:29

      i dont blame serero 1 bit.y shud he sacrifice for underachievers.look at pienaar's career he is blossoming at a top leauge.igesund was jus taking out his failings on this boy.we r in dis situation bcos of igesuund.watch serero's career he is is going to be big.he duznt nid us n im glad he realized this sooner rather than later.

      Tru Dafida - 2013-09-07 23:29

      i dont blame serero 1 bit.y shud he sacrifice for underachievers.look at pienaar's career he is blossoming at a top leauge.igesund was jus taking out his failings on this boy.we r in dis situation bcos of igesuund.watch serero's career he is is going to be big.he duznt nid us n im glad he realized this sooner rather than later.

      Thelezi Dondolo - 2013-09-07 23:44

      I hear you my man, but he honoured the call from the coach to come and play against Bots. He can't pick and choose what games he will play for Bafana.

      Joseph Shange - 2013-09-08 10:04

      Tru, it's not Igesunds fault Bafana is not doing well, Bafana has been doing poorly since 2000, but like you say if there was still a chance for Bafana to make the world cup he would of definitely played.

      Isaiah Tshoenyana - 2013-09-09 06:02

      Consistency is the problem here....today is the Serero's....tomorrow is the Chanbangu's....why not sticking to the same team/players like the Spanish/Brazilians/Zambians/Ghananians/Germans/England etc....why always chop and change the team?

      Isaiah Tshoenyana - 2013-09-09 06:08

      The next thing Safa is gonna fire Gordon and brings the new coach and he is gonna call Serero back into the team.....

  • Kamogelo Majoe - 2013-09-07 23:22

    you can take a horse to the river but u cannot force it to drink the water.if he does not want to play for his country then he must be dropped-period.

  • Sekgobela Thaithai - 2013-09-07 23:23

    Y did he even cum in the first place this idiot...he must go to his ajax and play against the racist barcelona... Tsamaya tau, mxm

      Nathan Lombard - 2013-09-07 23:57

      Grow up

      Sekgobela Thaithai - 2013-09-08 00:01

      What are u meaning by growing up... Im grown up long tym ago dude

      Tru Dafida - 2013-09-08 00:15

      we mean really; grow up sekgobela

      Thelezi Dondolo - 2013-09-08 01:03

      @tru you should also grow up my man!!!

  • Zenith Rayner - 2013-09-07 23:36

    Amother benni eishhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Makeleni Stera - 2013-09-08 07:02

      Ngamalawu atheni na la?Bennie Piennar now Thulani?

  • Zenith Rayner - 2013-09-07 23:37

    Amother benni eishhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Zenith Rayner - 2013-09-07 23:38

    Another benni eishhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thelezi Dondolo - 2013-09-08 00:09

      ...and guess what his playing for Ajax just like Benny was!!!

  • Kgadi William - 2013-09-07 23:39

    yes gud boy u jst show GI hw clever u r,keep it up boy

      bongumusa.goodman.1 - 2013-09-08 06:06

      stupid

  • Tru Dafida - 2013-09-07 23:52

    i commend serero 4 doing that.until bafana starts playing like banyana then he can come.those girls play their hearts out.i dont c y shu dhe risk hs great promising career for a bafana thats dance when they faild to qualify 4 afcon.when dis boy plats he commits fully.just like pienaar i slute them 4 deya bravery and love 4 competing.van persie left underachieving arsenal bcos he was tired of playing with cows n 4 an out depth coach.u guys dont know how fustrating that is.

      James Mabote - 2013-09-08 00:16

      Tru Dafida, you're unfortunately not very smart. You don't make any sense. When you say that "until bafana starts playing like banyana then he can come," who are the players that you suggest should play? Would every Bafana player be justified if they choose not to play like Serero did? If so, how do you expect Bafana's performance to improve? Are you implying that Serero should be just a free rider, who should play only when all is going well?

      Brian Culprit Mapaila - 2013-09-08 01:17

      Tru Dafid,if you call being cowardice & running away from responsibility brave,then you're dumb period.'The serero situation is like a father calling his to come protect him & he comes but when he realises what great of a challenge he's family is about face,he bails out.claiming: Ah we gonna get killed here,let me save myself.i'll just start another family'.That's not bravery,that's cowardice

      Andile Febana - 2013-09-08 02:04

      uqhunyiwe wena

      Phillemon Modikana Serumula - 2013-09-08 02:42

      Leme ges ... U pr0bably 0va 30... S0ur c0z u neva made it as a s0ccer player ... N think f0m thah..stands u cn d0 a mch beta j0b dn any 0f thah players daht were fielded ryt??? M yung n I fnd it hard 2 respect thah l0gic behind u c0mment ....! Bafana...gt in2 thah field as s0ldiers...waht hpns in it is n0t f0reseen by any1 buht dy fight! 1 less s0ldier cn harm dy advances , waht serer0 dd ws n0t c00l , mnd u c0wards die many tyms b4 dy actual death ,a career at 23? Thnkn bwt dy future? Evn wen club c0ach pleaded 4 game? Karma is a b***h , I h0pe he w0nt b injured wen it visits hm! N u..

      Sipho Mnguni - 2013-09-08 03:28

      Just wait for the day he comes begging to play when his club turns its back on him. Then he will announce his availability. Just watch. It just happened to Quinton Fortune Manchester United when he was no longer considered. He once announced his availability on the national television.

      Sibusiso Gumede - 2013-09-08 05:40

      usangene wena...futhi kuthi angithi uwena othe akangadlali.

      Tru Dafida - 2013-09-08 07:34

      from all this comments i am glad we agree on i thing; that serero musnt play 4 bafana again.he shud just wash his hands off dis bafana. u dont want him to play 4 bafana again .i wish he never even think abt coming back- no matter how much the next coach begs him 2 cum back.as 4 igesund he faild he mus stop deflecting attentiion 4rm his shortcomings. @ philemon i think u nid to do a lot of growing up rather than just being happy with de mediocrity dats being disshed by our "national team".

      Thelezi Dondolo - 2013-09-08 09:33

      This guy is really sick, ull swear it was a 5 year old who wrote that comment. You need some growing up man!!!

      Gcina Methembe Mbuduma - 2013-09-08 11:21

      so sad that we still have people like you walking about,no imagination,no reason,no intelligence,l could go on but its not worth it,Mr Tru (who ever decided to call you that) we are not commenting on your post because its interesting its just infuriating when you busy reading comments from people with sound minds and then you come across such stupidity

      Phillemon Modikana Serumula - 2013-09-08 16:48

      M gr0wn enuf 2 knw daht this team wetha I like it 0r n0t is my nati0nal team n I respect it regardless 0f a misf0rtunes!!! Waht I fnd appalling is the fact that a "gr0wn" up c0mmends such acti0ns ...wen in actual fact thy xud b dist0rted ..... Pe0ple respect their nati0nal team... Namely cr7 .....n0 big head thr... !!! Nw hu xud gr0w up??? U ch0se...

  • Zolisa Dlokovu - 2013-09-07 23:54

    Thulani Serero is a disgrace. Very dissapointing indeed.The man is not bigger than South Africa.If he does not want to play for his country,drop him now

      Tru Dafida - 2013-09-08 00:10

      igesund is a disgrace.serero is just protecting himself.he is deflecting attention 4m himself n taking out his fustrations on this boy.look at the comments thread no1 is touching on dat issue

      Thelezi Dondolo - 2013-09-08 00:18

      @Tru Gordon is a disgrace really now??? He only took over from Pitso a year ago... His not a magician!!!

      Sipho Mnguni - 2013-09-08 03:22

      @Zolisa, you are spot on in your blog. Look at what happened to one Quinton Fortune who once put Manchester United over South Africa? At one stage when his club was not playing him he announced his availability to the country he once put his back on. Good riddance to the big-head one. Good call coach.

      Phindani Mreiks Zethi - 2013-09-09 09:57

      Mxm...Really, is SA still dreaming of winning World Cup? My man I guess he knew very well this bafana wont even qualify for this world cup. Even after the points were taken frm Ethiopia, thats how disgrace bafana is. nxa!

      Phindani Mreiks Zethi - 2013-09-09 09:59

      yaz...i was even happy when i collect my R50 i bet. I knew it dat bafana wouldnt qualify for 2014 world cup

  • Kgabo Patrick - 2013-09-07 23:58

    that's how sa players are,they put's their clubs 1st

      Luks Jozi - 2013-09-16 12:28

      kgabo, not all sa players put their clubs first.

  • Linda Livingston Mjanyelwa - 2013-09-08 00:01

    S.A made u boy dnt 4get dat u r e south african evn if u cn ply for Ajex, aftr dei kicked u out whr u gonna run 2 idiot.

  • Sibusiso Goldie Khambule - 2013-09-08 00:30

    He should just be banned!! He think he knows a lot since he went to play oversea's! Coach made the right decision! Let him abandon his country its okay, karma is coming his way! He might n0t even be included in the squad that's gonna play against barcelona... His arrogant I agree with Gordon!

  • Thabo Tsheole - 2013-09-08 01:17

    He should never play for the national team ever again. He should continue to nurse his so called injuries forever. He should be ashamed of himself. He should know that his country comes first, I mean if it wasn't for RSA he wouldn't be what he is.

      Isaiah Tshoenyana - 2013-09-08 09:43

      What is it that RSA has done for him bla?...Cause he was playing for Ajax Cape Town and Ajax Amsterdam took him...what do u mean when u say if it wasnt RSA he wouldnt be what he is?...

  • Sandile Dlomo - 2013-09-08 01:41

    Lionel Messie came to Spain as a 12yrs boy but he opt to played for his country but boy i know is your agent who influenced you

  • Akuku Juju - 2013-09-08 01:45

    Who wants to play for the Zupta Republic of Zim????

      Muzi Cele - 2013-09-09 14:26

      Akuku your name sounds funny,im laughing but I like it though

  • Bongane Bongane - 2013-09-08 03:29

    It is absolutely quite exciting 2 play in a such tournment lyk champion legue•`he made a right dicision 4 nt playing•im pretty exhausted about Bafana bafana•

  • Rio Lembas - 2013-09-08 05:06

    Who thinks he is,there are good players in the world better than him who are partionate about their coutry and club,he must be suspended

  • Collins Ntelele - 2013-09-08 05:42

    That serves you right,I would have done the same-which one is more important here,'future at club level or Bafuna Bafuna'?Lerato Chabangu is in excellent form but is often overlooked and only called up for these useless games.Just do the honourable thing......?

  • Zukile Vanto Vakaliso - 2013-09-08 05:53

    Better players in the world "than you" respect their counties, w'v got better players who can d the same job. Great job coach....

  • Solly Vander Tema - 2013-09-08 06:00

    I don't blame the dude at ajax is were he's making money

      Hlanganani Ndlovu - 2013-09-08 07:20

      why did he even agree to come to DBN, for holiday ? who pays for his travell costs, surely not him, foolish boy..burn the retart for life

  • Richmond Z. Dayel - 2013-09-08 06:23

    Thulani serero should be left out of BAFANA squad for good.That could be a lesson to other players who might try the same trick.

  • Nicholas Mjelo - 2013-09-08 06:24

    Who the hell does he think he is?ban him for life in our Bafana Bafana,all the best players in the world die for their own country,at one stage Ronaldo played for his country while he was injured

  • Zaba Zakumi Mkhwanazi - 2013-09-08 06:33

    Ar we not living in a democratic country? What happened to the freedom of choice? Is it a force to play for bafana? Big real game coming for Serero I shld hv done the same. If Gordon says he got so many players who wanna play for his team thn leave the boy alone. Bennie has done more thn tht bt same Gordon stl took him undr his wing.

      Curiousm AllStar Mutjokoti Mathelemusa - 2013-09-08 07:00

      @zaba dts nonsense u talkng nonsense

      Curiousm AllStar Mutjokoti Mathelemusa - 2013-09-08 07:10

      choice my ass

      Hlanganani Ndlovu - 2013-09-08 07:13

      Stupid, childish comment, how old r u ? 12 or 8..idiot

      Sekgobela Thaithai - 2013-09-08 07:45

      Y did he agree, he knew abt the big game... The honourable thing would have been for him to refuse the call. .... Not cum make some and make some micky mouse noise at the couchs face..thats immature of decision making.. He plays for proud of the country nt him more than 50million... He must nt cum and cry foul in future.

      Isaiah Tshoenyana - 2013-09-08 09:21

      Its better to be a benchwarmer at your team than travelling more than 20 000km to sit on the bench or play for the last five minutes.....His coach from Ajax told him not to pickup injury cause he is gonna use him against Barca...thats frustating and confusing......As for Gordons he must worry about qualifying...not Serero...

  • Thobile Lugwadu - 2013-09-08 07:01

    Thumbs up Gorden,the boy will regret his foolish decision. Never give him a call-up again.

  • Mavukuvuku Nzima - 2013-09-08 07:04

    Most people forget that when it comes to national duty its not about money, if he didnt want to play he should have said so in the first place you cant agree then the next thing the day before you start acting up I say don't call him anymore.

  • Curiousm AllStar Mutjokoti Mathelemusa - 2013-09-08 07:08

    never ever call dt young stupid boy even de ronaldos messis who earn x5 wht dt jack ass is earning ive never hd them doing such serero u r such a disgrace to the country n like u never done anythng special just stay whr u r we dnt need you we hv a bunch of player who r there who r dying to wear that bafana jsy jst go to hell

  • Mavukuvuku Nzima - 2013-09-08 07:08

    The problem here is not a matter of choice the thing is that he agreed t9 play and his name was already submitted for the players who are going to play against Botswana if he didn't want to play he should have said so the minute he was called so that tgey could fibd replacement for him not just chage his mind on camp.

  • Joe Todani - 2013-09-08 07:10

    He does not deserve our national jersey... We have seen players coming and going at Bafana Bafana... Our national team will always be there... Big up to our coach and wel done for winning 4- 1 without Serero

  • Matsi'eddy Malebatso - 2013-09-08 07:10

    The dude is probably fed up with the performance of Bafana Bafana and now wants to advance his personal career. I don't blame him though hence he does not deserve any punishment, the "team" Bafana should be punished not an individual.

  • Dikgwele Raboijane - 2013-09-08 07:12

    Boy dnt thnk u r 2 smart boy, simple question dt i ask myslf. Y dd u cum in d 1st place? Y dd u agree? U wre nt 4sd 2cum? Y dd yo coach realese u? Mxm!!!

  • Dikgwele Raboijane - 2013-09-08 07:16

    Boy dnt thnk u r 2 smart boy, simple question dt i ask myslf. Y dd u cum in d 1st place? Y dd u agree? U wre nt 4sd 2cum? Y dd yo coach realese u? Mxm!!!

  • Jack Phakathi - 2013-09-08 07:25

    Wonder what the comments would have been like had it been a whitie who did this? Serero is a real fake.

      Bobbie Booyse - 2013-09-08 07:34

      You should look who's the ones commenting ...it isn't white guys ;)

      Leon Müller - 2013-09-08 07:44

      Always have to bring race into everything hey... By the way whites don't care too much for "soccer" as not many whites get a chance to play it in sa.

      Isaiah Tshoenyana - 2013-09-08 09:01

      Whats your point Jack?

  • Khotso Sarele - 2013-09-08 07:33

    not suprised at all about comments.look at ramires story for brasil,he is back at sguad again.some players dont care to play for their national teams.

  • Hlanganani Ndlovu - 2013-09-08 07:33

    He is a benchwarmer at Ajax, but he thinks he is a star, he learnt that from his mentor, Benni..burn the idiot for life at Bafana, I pray he takes Dutch citizenship, he comes here to enjoy a holiday

      Tru Dafida - 2013-09-08 08:12

      i also wish he duznt come back .he is just wasting his time with this bafana and coaches with limited abilities on an international level.first pitso made the boys dance' den igesund got beat by ethopia.ul b happy to knw he cares abt his country, i dnt encourage to care abt whether he gets shut out,bcos dey wil beg him 2 cum back.he has his priorities in the right place.wel done

      Thelezi Dondolo - 2013-09-08 08:48

      Not again YaaaaaaaaaAawwwwwnnn Tru Dafida with his useless comments...

  • Freddy Lekau Sehoana - 2013-09-08 07:38

    Once they start making a few Cents they become arrogant like Benni McCarthy. Its a shame

      Sipho Simon Mogale - 2013-09-08 08:23

      Without him u won't qualify 4anything

      Thelezi Dondolo - 2013-09-08 08:53

      Simon are you for real boet????

      Isaiah Tshoenyana - 2013-09-08 08:55

      Its not all about money...its very frustrating travelling more than 20 000 km to come sit at the bench.....or play for the last 5minutes......

      Thelezi Dondolo - 2013-09-08 09:21

      @Tsoenyana do u know he changed his mind when he was told he was going to be on the starting line up??? Suddenly he was injured... Why did he come back???? He should have stayed at Ajax...

  • Matome Moremi - 2013-09-08 07:45

    Thulani hasnt been playing that side, and managed to get a call up to do the national duties... If he ddnt wanna play for us, why ddnt he just come up with a story and not come back to SA? I thnk he must just retire frm international just like his friends...

  • Siseko Mbalo Mbalo - 2013-09-08 07:46

    no one is bigger than bafana bafana. players will come and go but bafana bafana will remain. and we will do well without Thulani

  • Tru Dafida - 2013-09-08 07:48

    er, let me see; impotent bafana, champions league? impotent bafana, champions league? Impotent Bafana, nah i dont think so. well done serero 4 yo bravery i support your decision,same as pienaar. he shud nt worry all the ppl hu r mad at him, de same ppl r goin 2 wecom him back jus like dey did wit benni. if he duznt come back, il b happy 4 him.

  • Masilo Frans - 2013-09-08 07:55

    I dont think he'll play in UEFA champions....he wasnt playing 4 sometime coz of injuries..so even his coach was gonna wach him..so he thnk he's far better than the other...he must aslo repay expenses..coz he came here wit 1st class jet of 60 000...mxm

  • Sipho Simon Mogale - 2013-09-08 08:01

    Who can blame him bafana don't qualify unless they host they will give him 3ban match and recall him he is a star we need

  • Truth.nnete - 2013-09-08 08:04

    To play in England you must play 70% of your national team games,this decision will haunt you in the coming years.

      Tru Dafida - 2013-09-08 08:25

      epl is not the only big league?thers bundasliga? la liga he duznt realy .epl is not the be all.he duznt care abt playing 4 cristal palace.if a big team in egland dey wiil get him.he jus have to be a top perfomer.willian does not play in the squad of brazil ; wat do u knw chelsea signed him i dont think yo 70% really matters.

      Thelezi Dondolo - 2013-09-08 08:38

      Tru Dafida go back to sleep...

      Thando Dlamini - 2013-09-08 08:58

      Tru Dafida start a Thulani Serero fan base and leave us alone with your nonsense...

      Tru Dafida - 2013-09-08 09:42

      @ thelezi, you troll!@ thando, u shud start watchin real soccer, champions league soccer.not this lethathic bafana tyope of football.

      Thelezi Dondolo - 2013-09-08 10:00

      Tru Dafida you should do more than just watching TV!!! you should start collecting some books and do some reading...

  • Firstseed Mbeva - 2013-09-08 08:07

    Benni McCarthy Volume 2

  • Peter Mashaba - 2013-09-08 08:09

    we ned patriotism. Of coz. Bt hes still a small boy, he'll learn. Lets giv him anada chance. Lets nt punish him, jst a verbal warning. All he was tryin 2 say ws dat we wer out already. Even myslf, i knew we wer jst playin 4 sugar. Giv da boy a 2nd chance

  • Sipho Simon Mogale - 2013-09-08 08:13

    Hail "king Serero" we apologise this is what we did to Benni and we went nowhere 3friendly ban match u will have your place make us proud overseas unlike these local cows "the hosts"

  • Blaxxmyth - 2013-09-08 08:28

    Bafana are useless,with or without Serero.They prefer to qualify via backdoors than playing to win.No punishment should be given,he'd rather die for Ajax than Bafana cause they are going nowhere slowly

  • Derick Folose - 2013-09-08 08:29

    This show that he is nt loyal and commited to his country. thefore You can give your best when u not loyal and commited, He is not the soldier we need. We must not waist anymore money on him. We have many players with such talent and who can die for their country..

      Tru Dafida - 2013-09-08 08:54

      serero is a valueable generator of hard foreign currency. the only 1 hu waste money is bafana dat nids us to spend money in order 4 dem 2 take part in a tournament, thats who r waisting our money on!

  • Sadrick Lottering - 2013-09-08 08:30

    It is a game against Barcelona. Give the boy a break. We all knew Bafana was not going to make it. And don't hide behind Serero, you did not take SA to Brazil. Instaed you should build good relation with these boys whilst preparing for AFCON, don't you get a big head Gordon. Focus and remain objective, BABA.

      Mzimnene Siganeko - 2013-09-08 09:07

      thts true sadrick. Gordon knew that Bafana would not be going to Brazil and purposely nd intentionally diverted the attention to the poor boy. It was clear tht Bafana was going nowhere ,now people are made to believe that Serero is unpatriotic. why would he come to south africa if he knew he didnt want to play? Gordon must man up nd not hide behind the poor boy.

      Sadrick Lottering - 2013-09-08 09:29

      Gordon himself threw in the towel the day Fifa moved the CAR vs Ethiopia venue Not to mention he Gordon and bafana, including SA desperately needs Serero to play in the Barca game, as far as I see it the only one who needs to be supported and not atacked on national platform, a distraction at that, is Serero. New meaning of patriotism needed in South Africa, Trevor Noah might be able to name this new tendency.