Ntombela backs Serero revival


Thulani Serero’s mentor Mike Ntombela believes the forgotten Bafana Bafana midfielder will revive his career following his move to Vitesse Arnhem from Ajax Amsterdam.

Serero has not played first-team football this year after being demoted to play for Ajax’s feeder team in Netherlands’ second tier league.

In an era where South African players choose to settle for the comforts of returning home after struggling abroad, the 27-year-old Serero has stuck it out in Europe, where he is now heading into his seventh season.

“He [Serero] is adamant and still wants to play there [in Europe] because he still believes [in himself],” Ntombela tells KickOff.com.



“He hasn’t played [first-team] football for about six months which is not good for any player so he needed the change. Now he has gone to a team that is not of a similar profile as Ajax which I think is the right place for him to start off again and prove himself.

“He needs to obviously come back into the [South Africa] national team but that will come with playing at his club [Vitesse]. What I like is that he has the right attitude about the game, I think he is going to succeed,” says Ntombela.

Serero went under the guidance of Ntombela in his young years at Senaoane Gunners back home in his hometown of Soweto before leaving for Ajax Cape Town in his mid-teens.

The plus for Serero is that Vitesse are playing in the UEFA Europa League this season.