Thulani Serero

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Thulani Serero
Thulani-serero-1315994501.jpg
Serero in 2011
Personal information
Full nameThulani Caleb Serero[1]
Date of birth(1990-04-11) 11 April 1990 (age 24)
Place of birthSoweto, South Africa
Height1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing positionAttacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ajax
Number25
Youth career
2000–2004Senaoane Gunners
2004–2008Ajax Cape Town
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2008–2011Ajax Cape Town63(17)
2011–Ajax45(6)
2013–Jong Ajax3(0)
National team
2006–2007South Africa U1715(0)
2008–2009South Africa U2014(1)
2012South Africa U230(0)
2011–South Africa13(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 September 2013 (UTC)
 
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Thulani Serero
Thulani-serero-1315994501.jpg
Serero in 2011
Personal information
Full nameThulani Caleb Serero[1]
Date of birth(1990-04-11) 11 April 1990 (age 24)
Place of birthSoweto, South Africa
Height1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing positionAttacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ajax
Number25
Youth career
2000–2004Senaoane Gunners
2004–2008Ajax Cape Town
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2008–2011Ajax Cape Town63(17)
2011–Ajax45(6)
2013–Jong Ajax3(0)
National team
2006–2007South Africa U1715(0)
2008–2009South Africa U2014(1)
2012South Africa U230(0)
2011–South Africa13(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 September 2013 (UTC)

Thulani Caleb Serero (born 11 April 1990)[2] is a South African footballer who plays as a midfielder for Dutch Eredivisie club AFC Ajax. Prior to joining Ajax, he played for Ajax Cape Town in the South African Premier Soccer League.[3]

Club career[edit]

Ajax Cape Town[edit]

Born in Mapetla, Soweto, Serero is a product of the Ajax Cape Town's youth academy having been promoted to the first team in 2008, making his debut under then head coach Craig Rosslee. He made a total of 11 appearances in the regular 2008/09 PSL season, and managed to score four times, helping his side to a 7th place finish by the end of the season. The following season saw Serero become the first choice playmaker at the Cape club, making a total of 25 appearances during the regular season, and scoring twice. Ajax CT would finish in 7th place again that season, with Serero gaining much attention from the local media for his performances on the pitch.

During the 2010/11 season, under then head coach Foppe de Haan, Serero helped the Cape side to a 2nd place regular season finish, and helped his team to reach the finals of the Telkom Knockout tournament. By the end of that season Serero was awarded various accolades, including PSL Footballer of the Year, PSL Player of the Season, PSL Players' Player of the Season and the Absa Premiership Red Hot Young Player award. On 22 May 2011, he was signed by AFC Ajax for € 2,5 million.

AFC Ajax[edit]

Serero has had several trials with parent club AFC Ajax in the last few years. On 22 May 2011 it was announced that Serero had signed a 4-year contract with AFC Ajax and he stated it was 'a dream come true'.[4] In his final season with Ajax Cape Town, he managed to score 11 league goals, helping the club to a second-place finish in the South African Premier League. He made his debut for Ajax on 7 August 2011 coming on as a substitute player in the match against De Graafschap. He only played in a total of 6 matches in his first season with Ajax due to an injury. He scored his first goal for AFC Ajax in the home win against NAC Breda on 25 August 2012. Two weeks later he scored two goals against SC Heerenveen, receiving a red card and being sent off in the same match. On 1 September 2013 Serero made his debut in the starting XI of Ajax, replacing the newly departed Christian Eriksen, who had just left for Tottenham Hotspur, playing in the midfield. On 5 August 2013 Serero made his debut in the Eerste Divisie, playing for the reserves team Jong Ajax, who had recently been promoted. The match ended in a 2–0 victory against Telstar. On 26 November 2013 Serero scored his first international goal for Ajax in the UEFA Champions League, when he scored the opener of a 2–1 win at home against FC Barcelona in the 19th minute.[5]

International career[edit]

Serero has played for the South Africa U-20 team.[6] He earned his first cap for South Africa on 9 February 2011. He came on as a second half substitute in a friendly against Kenya. He scored his first bafana bafana goal against Swaziland in a non-friendly match ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[7]

He was released from the national team squad due to disciplinary reasons the day before their 2014 World Cup qualification group match against Botswana on 7 September 2013.[8] According to Gordon Igesund, Serero had allegedly stated to the team doctor that he did not want to play in the match in order to avoid risking an injury ahead of an upcoming UEFA Champions League game for his club.[9] Serero disputed these claims, stating that he was genuinely injured and therefore wary about participating in the game.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 24 January 2014[11][12][13]
Club performanceLeagueCupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeagueAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
South AfricaLeagueNedbank CupAfricaTotal
2008–09Ajax Cape TownPremier Soccer League104----104
2009-10252----252
2010-112811----2811
NetherlandsLeagueKNVB CupEuropeTotal
2011–12AjaxEredivisie701020100
2012–13931010113
2013–142936151405
TotalSouth Africa6317----6317
Netherlands4568181618
Career Total10623818112225
Reserves performance
Club performanceLeagueTotal
SeasonClubLeagueAppsGoalsAppsGoals
NetherlandsLeagueTotal
2013–14Jong AjaxEerste Divisie3030
TotalNetherlands3030
Career total3030


Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

Ajax Cape Town[14]
Ajax[14]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009 – List of Players" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). p. 16. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Nkareng Matshe (18 June 2011). "Serero determined to succeed in Europe". IOL. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  3. ^ "Serero signs for Ajax Amsterdam". Ajax Cape Town. 22 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  4. ^ Ed Aarons (23 May 2011). "Serero secures 'dream' Ajax deal". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  5. ^ Derek Brookman (26 November 2013). "Ajax claim Barcelona scalp to stay in contention". UEFA.com. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  6. ^ Tiyani wa ka Mabasa (13 August 2009). "Masango ready for Ajax's U-20s". Kickoff.com. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  7. ^ "Bafana Bafana defeat Kenya". Bafanabafana.co.za. 9 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  8. ^ "Serero released from Bafana camp". SuperSport. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Igesund explains Serero axing". KickOff. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Serero: I Was Not Faking Injury". Soccer Laduma. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "Thulani Serero profile". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  12. ^ "Thulani Serero profile". Voetbal International. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  13. ^ "Thulani Serero profile". Soccerway. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  14. ^ a b "Thulani Serero - Career Honours". Soccerway. 
  15. ^ "Ajax pakt Eusébio Cup dankzij solo Kishna en save Vermeer". Voetbal International. 26 July 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  16. ^ a b c d "Ajax Cape Town's Thulani Serero & Orlando Pirates dominate PSL awards". Goal.com. 
  17. ^ "Serero nominated by SAFA". AjaxCT.co.za. 2 December 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 

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