SA law changes affect soccer players

The recent sweeping changes in South Africa's immigration laws have impacted local players' prospects of plying their trade south of the Limpopo.

Partson Jaure
Partson Jaure

Zimbabwean players signed with clubs here have to apply for the permits through the South African Embassy in Zimbabwe, thereby missing the first weeks of their new clubs’ training.

South Africa football clubs confirmed the development, and raised concerns that this would delay the players' participation in the new Absa Premiership season, which begins this weekend.

University of Pretoria coach, Steve Barker, confirmed latest signing Partson Jaure, from champions Dynamos, was still in Zimbabwe awaiting the approval of his permit. "Jaure is still in Zimbabwe awaiting the processing of his work permit," said Barker of a process that now goes contrary to long-standing procedure.

Until the latest changes in policy, players of foreign origin could apply while in South Africa. "We hope to have him before the end of the week. He is a highly-talented player who will add value to our central defence when he joins," Barker said.

As he awaits his permit, Jaure is not available for selection, a setback for AmaTuks who are desperate to fill the void left by Buhle Mkhwananzi.

The policy shift has also affected fellow Absa Premiership side, Maritzburg United, who have Zimbabwean striker Terrence Mandaza in their books.

United Spokesperson, Quinton Jetto, confirmed they might miss the services of the centre-forward at the beginning of the new campaign. "He has fully submitted his application with the SA authorities in Zimbabwe. It is out of our control when he may get it, it might be tomorrow or later than that," said Jetto, adding "It will be blow to start the season without the services of a player of his calibre.”

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