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Safa dealing with Serero saga

Bafana coach Gordon Igesund says it’s now up to the player to respond to claims.

Bafana coach Gordon Igesund says it’s now up to the player to respond to claims.

JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund on Monday said it's now up to Thulani Serero to give his side of the story regarding the incident in which the striker was left out of the squad for the World Cup qualifier in September.

The coach said he didn't select Serero as he claimed he was injured.

Igesund believes Serero faked the injury in order to stay fit for his club's Champions League game.

Serero denied the allegations put forward against him, claiming he was not faking injury.

Igesund wrote a letter to Serero asking him for clarity and has now handed the matter over to South African Football Association (Safa).

In the interim, Safa has placed a "ban" against him pending a reply.

"I don't want to keep talking about Thulani Serero, I think I have said enough about that [issue]. It's been handed over to Safa. I put my report in and it was very clear, Serero doesn't want to play because he is scared to get injured," said Igesund.

South Africa has since failed to qualify for World Cup 2014.

On Friday, Bafana played to a 1-1 draw against Morocco in an international friendly.

(Edited Leeto M. Khoza)