Ajax Amsterdam playmaker Serero reportedly turned down the opportunity to join struggling Roda JC in the Netherlands, and will spend the next five months running down his contract in the reserves.
Roda offered to match his salary at Ajax, but Serero did not see the move as appealing despite not even having a jersey number at the Amsterdam club this season.
And according to reports in Belgium, winger Patosi did not attract any suitors on deadline day and he too will have to wait for his contract to expire in June.
Patosi claims he has been sidelined at Lokeren because he will not sign a new deal, and will not expect to play until the 2017/18 season when he can move on as a free agent.
The absence of both players from regular club football will be a worry for the new Bafana Bafana coach, with the start of the 2019 African Nations Cup qualifiers in June away in Nigeria.
It is entirely possible that neither will not kick a ball in anger between then and now.