Serero, who plays for Dutch side Vitesse, wants to be guaranteed game-time to come play for Bafana, so he has indicated that he would not be flying to South Africa for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Senegal.
This is not the first time Serero has been on the wrong side of senior national team coaches, having not seen eye-to-eye with Gordon Igesund and Shakes Mashaba.
Since Baxter took over as national team coach, Serero has not played. He has been called up for the last three qualifiers.
“He gave the indication to Bra Barney [team manager, Kujane] that if he is not going to play he does not want to come to camp,” said Baxter.
“Because this is a national team and not a club, this is not a place where we can guarantee people places. If he does not feel that it’s an honour enough to be called to the national team camp, then he may as well stay where he is. Whether that’s permanent I don’t know.
“It’s a shame for his teammates who are working hard to try and beat Senegal, but that’s the way it is and it’s everybody’s right to say ‘I am okay to be in the squad, I am okay to come sit in the stand and I am okay to be on the bench’.”
Asked if Serero had spoken to him about his decision to stay away, Baxter said: “He told Bra B that he should cancel the flight. He did not get in touch with me at all. When I came to camp Bra B flagged it to me and said ‘listen we have an issue with Serero’. He has to put it in writing so that we don’t look stupid with ‘he said, she said’.”