A number of Zimbabwean Absa Premiership new signings will have to wait a little longer before they feature for their respective clubs in the Super Diski owing to strict work permits requirements.
Mamelodi Sundownsa�� Kudakwashe Mahachi got his work permit last week while Ajax Cape Towna��s Milton Ncube, Ovidy Karuru who signed with Kaizer Chiefs and Supersport Uniteda��s goalminder George Chigova are yet to receive their permits.
So is Eric Chipeta who is now with Chippa United and Partson Jaure of Pretoria University.
Chipeta and Jaure joined Chippa United and Pretoria University respectively on two-year deals while Ncube signed a two-year contract with a two-year option at Ajax Cape Town and could follow in the footsteps of fellow countrymen such as Khama Billiat who joined Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefsa�� anchorman, Willard Katsande, who made their names in the Urban Warriorsa�� colours.
SuperSport United completed the signing of the imposing Zimbabwe international goalkeeper Chigova on a three-year deal.
a�?The issuing of permits is now taking time here and I was fortunate that I did not meet such challenges. South Africa work permits requirements seem to have changed and the requirements have affected a number of my fellow countrymen that include Milton, Jaure, Chipeta and Chigova.
a�?I am told their respective clubs have been to South Africa Home Affairs offices several times trying to sort out everything to no avail at the moment,a�? said Warriors striker Tendai Ndoro who has so far featured three times for Mpumalanga Black Aces in the just started 2014/15 Absa Premier League.
Ndoro is having his second dance with Mzansi Super Diski following his half a season stay at AmaZiyoni between January and June this year.
a�?Some of the requirements are to the effect that the contracts should be in line with South African labour standards and the salaries that their respective clubs will be paying to them should not be inferior to that they are paying to other South African players. They also should show that they have skills that permanent South African citizens do have,a�? said Ndoro.
Chipeta confirmed from his base that the issuance of work permits has become a mountain to climb for him and his fellow Warriors players. a�?It has indeed become a challenge. Our clubs are working flat out on that and hopefully we will get the permits soon,a�? said Chipeta
The South Africa Home affairs department is reported to have also become firm even with players that were loaned out to new clubs as they have to get new work visas.
The development has consequently affected ex-Dynamos midfielder Denver Mukamba who was with Bidvest Wits before he was loaned out to Pretoria University.