â€¦as striker joins Golden Arrows
Lesotho international Motebang Sera has signed a contract with South African DSTV Premier League side Golden Arrows on transfer window deadline day in a move that sees him travel just across town from his former employer Royal AM in Durban.
The former Matlama marksman was unveiled as one of the signings by the Lamontville based side on Tuesday having concluded the process on Monday night.
Sera had been training with Golden Arrows after the move to Chippa United failed to materialize. He was offered to Chippa by Royal Am, where he was not getting game time since the club bought the status of Bloemfontein Celtic in 2021.
The 26-year-old striker will reunite with countryman and head coach, Lehlohonolo Seema who has been at Arrows since July 2021.
According to a source close to Sera the player had a change of heart last month when he was expected to join Chippa United.
â€œThe player decided not to join Chippa and instead opted for Golden Arrows after failing to agree personal terms with the management of Chippaâ€ he said.
Seema played a big part in Sera going to South Africa and playing for Bloemfontein Celtic which was at the time under his tutelage as coach, while the striker kept his cool even after Seema left to coach Chippa United which he later left to join Golden Arrows.
This publication has also learned that the real reason Sera turned down the move to Chippa United was because it was a forced move where he was not consulted by the Royal AM CEO Sinky Mnisi.
According to the source, Mnisi offered Sera to Chippa without his knowledge or consultation with his agent.
â€œIt was a tricky situation where he had to stand his ground after realizing that the move was initiated and his clearance already given to the other team without his consent.
â€œAnother thing is he was still going to get the same salary as the one he was getting at Royal AM and with no sign-on-fee,â€ revealed the source.
Sera was in Lesotho until last week which was when he was sorting out his work permit before completing a move to Arrows.
In his first season in the Dstv premier league (then Absa premier league), he delivered seven goals in 20 appearances for Celtic, including when he got a brace against Kaizer Chiefs.
He has struggled for game time at Royal AM playing only 48 minutes in the three matches he played for the side out of the 17 matches the club has played so far in the 2021/22 season.