How Bucs registered Ndengane

Posted: 14 November 2018 Time: 03:15 pm

Orlando Pirates earlier this week confirmed the registration of new signing Alfred Ndengane for their 2018/19 CAF interclub campaign. But how did they do it?

Ndengane was recently released by Bloemfontein Celtic, after the two parties agreed to terminate his employment contract.

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This was in line with Rule 13 of FIFA’s Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, as well as Rule 41.16 in terms of the NSL Handbook.

Reports quickly surfaced that the 31-year-old was on the verge of joining The Buccaneers shortly after he severed ties with Celtic at the start of October.

Though the club have not officially confirmed his signing, they revealed his CAF registration on Tuesday ahead of their Champions League campaign starting on 27/28 November.

Pirates administrative officer Floyd Mbele has also since confirmed to that Ndengane has been registered with the League, but how exactly is this possible?

Well, the simple answer is that Pirates have shrewdly used the correct avenues to proceed with the early snapping up of the versatile defender, in accordance with all relevant authorities.

Upon the Cape Town-born player’s contract termination “by mutual agreement”, he would have been granted free-agent status in line with Rule 43 of the NSL Handbook and received his clearance certificate.

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Given that this occurred during the season and outside of the stipulated registration periods, the one provision for Ndengane’s early registration is found in Rule 31.7 of The Handbook.

Notwithstanding anything contained in these Rules, all Member Clubs participating in CAF Inter Club competitions will also be entitled to register Players with the League from 1 December to 12 December. Such Players, however, will only be given their registration cards, and be eligible to participate in matches as from 1 January.

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Given the shift in calendar and subsequent earlier registration period for the new CAF interclub competitions this year, the above stated rule has been adjusted to accommodate all of Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars.

However, while Ndengane may have been registered with the League, it is important to note that (as stated in Rule 31.7 above) he will only receive his domestic registration card upon the opening of the new registration window on 1 January next year. 

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Article by: Chad Klate (@CKlatey)

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