Ajax midfielder Thulani Serero has been left out of the South African squad for the upcoming African Cup of Nations.

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serero aajaThe 24-year-old was included in the provisional group, but is one of four players to be cut from the final 23-man selection.

“Serero is not in the squad because other players proved better than him,” said Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba.

Serero may be disappointed by the decision, but it’s good news for Ajax head coach Frank De Boer who has utilised the player regularly throughout the campaign and will certainly be glad not to be losing him for the tournament which begins on January 17 in Equatorial Guinea.

Soweto-born star Serero started out with Ajax Cape Town prior to a move to their Netherlands-based parent club in May 2011.

He has made 22 appearances for the senior Ajax side in all competitions this season, scoring one goal.