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Posted: 2 September 2008 Time: 11:36

Bidvest Wits have sent one of the three Brazilians players on loan from Sao Paulo, striker Andrey Almeida Ricardo back home before he has even kicked a ball in an official match.

Ricardo, who has spent a month in the country, is set to fly home tomorrow.

The decision to send Ricardo back home has given a lifeline to Cameroon midfielder Bienvenu Tipa, who had not been registered as yet since the Students had exhausted its quota of foreign players.

Wits will now be only registering defensive midfielder David de Olivieria and attacking midfielder Fabrigio Rodrigues, who are expected to make their debuts for Wits when their paper work has been sorted. They both missed the season opener against Santos.

“We have since come to the decision that Andrey doesn’t fit in well at the club as he seems to be insecure in his new surroundings,” explains Stan Whiting, the Wits CEO.

“Since his arrival here Andrey hasn’t looked like the player that we saw in Brazil and we are not convinced that he will be able perform at the level that we saw him do in Brazil when we recruited him.

“So in the best interests of both parties we are sending him back to Brazil.

“This means that we can now still register Tipa as a foreigner since another opening has been made by the departure of Andrey. Tipa still has a contract with the club and so will now revert back to the position of being a registered player,” says Whithing.

The left-footed Ricardo, who previously played for Toledo in his native land, has apparently looked terrible at training since his arrival.

Even in the friendly games that Wits played in pre-season he looked very far from being quality enough to be recruited from Brazil.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 11:45 am
Most south americans who come to SA are flops except Acuna,Torrealba was supposed to play in SA for one season then move to europe according to Cappa but the shorty man is still kicking the ball in the amateur Absa Premiership,why dont they move to europe?...most south Americans play their trade in Spain and Portugal i dont know what brings this flops here cos this is not even the best league in Africa!
Anonymous
posted: 11:45 am
This guy Roger will relegate Wits.....

I dont know why they brought him back.....
Anonymous
posted: 11:55 am
this guy chased away marco de jesus(a very good striker compared to psl flops)... so i dont like him(i didnt even like him when he was a keeper!!!)
Proffesor
posted: 12:24 pm
hehehe - kuba at the Bucs camp!
hey mdabuli -snd me a mail... i wanna speak to u baba! proffesor.khumalo@yahoo.co.uk
Anonymous
posted: 12:30 pm
Pepe de Jesus?was super good,but where is he now?but I've got a question, is South Africa really attracting quality players or just rejects?
Anonymous
posted: 12:37 pm
mdabuli: 2008-09-02 11:45


Most south americans who come to SA are flops except Acuna,Torrealba was supposed to play in SA for one season then move to europe according to Cappa but the shorty man is still kicking the ball in the amateur Absa Premiership,why dont they move to europe.

Not all of them are that worse Mdabuli, I saw a Dos Santos playing for Arrows and I was impressed by him. De Jesus was not bad either, yes our teams bring mediocre foreigners who doesn't contribute to the league
JOEL NATALILO SANTANA
posted: 12:55 pm
mdabuli: 2008-09-02 11:45


Most south americans who come to SA are flops except Acuna,Torrealba was supposed to play in SA for one season then move to europe according to Cappa but the shorty man is still kicking the ball in the amateur Absa Premiership,why dont they move to europe?...most south Americans play their trade in Spain and Portugal i dont know what brings this flops here cos this is not even the best league in Africa!

Felloe South African plis ignore the above statement by this MDABULI.To me sounds like KwereKwe who is victim of Xenaphobia and he can't even fight his jealousy feeling on the success of the PSL.The last time I check South Africa's PSL is rated the best in AFRICA and one the best in world because of its professionalism,organization and financially stable.I can only agree with Mdabuli that our South American imports have convincing of playing in the PSL by SA/AFRICA'S standards.So wake and smell the coffee "Madabula".
Anonymous
posted: 07:28 am
sandile

the south african psl is one of the best in africa simply because of money not because of the standard of football. understand that. if it is the best in africa 1.why is it that year after year our clubs fail in the african champions lig. 2. why does south africa fail to beat siera leone a contry without any lig of note. 3.why do we fail to attract players from egypt, tunisia, angola, and morroco to come and play here?

its just south african blind arrogance to come up with statements like its the best lig...... even tressor mputu refused to play in the best lig in africa? try telling this tale to matriculants they may believe you
Anonymous
posted: 07:30 am
how many games do you think our lig champions or pirates for example will win if they were playing in the egyptian lig?
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