Bafana midfielder Thulani Serero just became the latest South African player to head to the Middle East, joining Al Jazira from the United Arab Emirates.
The former Ajax Cape Town player had been plying his trade in the Netherlands’ top flight for SBV Vitesse, a club he joined from the Urban Warriors’ mother club in Amsterdam in 2017.
Thulani Serero strikes two-year deal with Al Jazira
On Sunday, his move to the UAE was confirmed., as he signed a deal that will see him at his new side until 2021.
The 29-year-old said he was thrilled to welcome this new chapter in his career.
“The club has built a strong squad that can compete in all competitions and to be part of Al Jazira is a real privilege,” Serero told the club’s official website.
“To play alongside many talented UAE national team players and international stars is something that I am looking forward to and I assure the fans that I will give my best in all of our matches.
“Al Jazira has a rich history with African legend George Weah among the great stars to have played for this club. Al Jazira also has a strong reputation in the Netherlands with former Dutch star Phillip Cocu among the legends to have played for them.
“I am excited to be working under another great Dutch coach in Jurgen Streppel, with his ideas and coaching philosophy together as a team we can help Al Jazira be a competitive side.”
Serero’s move to the UAE sees him following in the footsteps of Cape Town City midfielder Thulani Serero, who is there on a one-year loan deal after joining Baniyas.
It also sees an end to almost a decade-long spell at the Eredivisie, where he has been playing since making the step up to Ajax Amsterdam after impressing as a youngster at their satellite club in the Mother City.
During his time at the Dutch capital, he featured in the Uefa Champions League,, most famously netting the opening goal in a 2-1 defeat of Barcelona in the 2013/14 edition of the prestigious tournament.
Serero left Ajax in 2017, signing for Vitesse, who were still in the second tier, as a free agent after his contract was not renewed.
He finished the 2018/19 season as one of the Eredivisie’s most outstanding players,