The 29-year-old has signed a two-year contract and will join up with his new team-mates in Abu Dhabi ahead of their match against Shabab Al Ahli in the second matchweek of the Arabian Gulf Cup.
Serero arrives at Al Jazira with plenty of experience in the Netherlands and in his native South Africa. The midfielder came through the ranks before making his professional debut at Ajax Cape Town, scoring 17 goals in 63 appearances. He later switched to Dutch giants Ajax, featuring 88 times before moving to Vitesse Arnhem.
His talent has seen him represent South Africa at Under-17, U-20 and U-23 levels as well as the senior squad, winning 38 caps after making his debut in 2011.
Serero is the latest star to join Al Jazira this summer with the Pride of Abu Dhabi strengthening their squad with top international and national team players. Among the players to sign for Al Jazira are UAE stars Omar Abdulrahman, Amer Abdulrahman, experienced midfielder Sultan Al Ghaferi, Moroccan forward Mourad Batna, Brazilian attacker Keno and Serbian defender Milos Kosanovic.
The reinforcements reflects Al Jazira’s ambitions to be a competitive force when they line up for the new season. Al Jazira will kick off the new campaign on Thursday when they host Khor Fakkan in the Arabian Gulf Cup – a competition they won in 2010.
Mohamed Saif Al Suwaidi, Chairman of Al Jazira Football Company said: “Serero is an exceptionally talented player who has plenty of experience of playing in the top-level. With his skills and abilities, we are confident that he will not only strengthen Al Jazira’s squad for the upcoming season but also play a vital role that will help the club be successful.
“I would like to express my gratitude to the club’s leadership for their on-going support and long-term vision that has allowed Al Jazira to sign top quality international and national team players during this transfer market. We are confident that Al Jazira will rise to the challenge and make the fans and the whole club proud.”
Serero expressed his excitement in joining Al Jazira. He said: “I am thrilled to be joining Al Jazira in this next chapter of my 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.
“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.”
He added: “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.”
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