Work permit delays Msengi’s South Africa League debut, Banda returns

10Feb 2020
Michael Mwebe
The Guardian
Work permit delays Msengi’s South Africa League debut, Banda returns

TANZANIA soccer fans will have to wait a little longer to see the country’s player, Ally Msengi, in action for his South Africa Premier League side, Stellenbosch.

Ally Msengi

The Tanzanian midfielder was one of four Stellenbosch’s signings of the January transfer window after he was recruited on a three year deal from Tanzania’s KMC FC.

The 18-year-old, who previously played for national U-17 squad, Serengeti Boys, has been training with Stellenbosch main team since late December last year but has failed to make his Premier Soccer League debut due to delay in work permit.

As a foreigner, Msengi needs to get a work permit from the South Africa Home Affairs department, a process that was initiated by his club last month.

It remains to be seen exactly how long Msengi will need to wait before being fully available for selection.

Msengi was set for his debut when Stellenbosch was up against Maritzburg United in a 2020 Nedbank Cup Round of 32 clash on Friday only to be held back by the work permit issue.

“Hussein completed all police clearance procedures required for the permit. Now, it is just a matter of waiting,” said a representative from Msengi’s South Africa management firm, Siyavuma Sports Group, casting doubt on the prospect of his debuting soon.

Meanwhile, senior national soccer team ‘Taifa Stars’ defender Abdi Banda, was reinstated in Highlands Park starting XI after missing out in their last three matches as the South African Premier League side eased into the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup with a 2-0 victory over GladAfrica Championship side, Uthongathi, at Makhulong Stadium on Saturday night.

Peter Shalulile scored on either side of half-time as Highlands Park, alias the Lions of the North, progressed with a minimum of fuss.

Banda, who was transferred from Baroka to Highlands Park, had not played since last month’s 3-0 thrashing from Kaizer Chiefs. He put a full shift for 90 minutes.