South Africa coach Stuart Baxter handed a surprise recall to midfielder Thulani Serero as he named his squad for this month’s key Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Nigeria.
Serero is included despite the Vitesse Arnhem star telling Baxter last year he would not travel for Bafana Bafana matches unless guaranteed a starting berth.
“The sofa in Arnhem is more comfortable than the South African bench. If the national team wants me, then I must play. As the situation is now, I don’t want to go,” Serero told reporters before last November’s World Cup qualifiers against Senegal.