Serero should apologise - Khune

Bafana captain Itumeleng Khune asked Tulane Serero to apologise to coach Gordon Igesund.

Bafana Bafana in action.

JOHANNESBURG - EWNSport can reveal Bafana Bafana captain Itumeleng Khune asked Tulane Serero to apologise to coach Gordon Igesund following his release from the national camp for what was described as ill-discipline.

Reports suggested Serero was wary of playing for Bafana fearing he would get injured ahead of his club Ajax Amsterdam's Champions League clash against Barcelona scheduled for next week.

Khune said he was hoping the issue would be resolved internally.

"As a captain, I was called up by the coach and he told me his side of the story. I went to Thulani and he told me his side of the story. I told Thulani to go apologise to the coach and that this matter shouldn't go out in public."

The skipper says country should always come first.

"He's got his own personal reasons why he didn't want to get involved in the game. He as a player should have respected the country enough to give his all and to dedicate his time to the country. I think we should all put the country first."

Khune says Igesund needs to be given more time.

"People should just give him enough time to work with the team."

Khune says he is supportive of long-term contracts with coaches in order to ensure consistency and development.

"The Egyptian team that won the Afcon (Africa Cup of Nations) three times in a row is a team that's been playing together for a very long time.

"Now they've changed the coach and they've made changes in the team. They are struggling to win games like they used to. In South Africa, I think we should stick to one coach and give him a five-year contract."