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Patrick Tignyemb registered as a foreigner

Posted: 20 August 2015 Time: 16:44

Bloemfontein Celtic have retained first-choice goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb as a foreigner in the latest PSL registration list, despite the Cameroonian qualifying for South African permanent residency for the third year running.

Tignyemb is now in season number eight at Celtic – and the third year in which he has been eligible to play as a non-foreigner – but has chosen to continue taking up one of five spots available in the club’s foreign quota.

The 30-year-old is listed along with Malawian striker Gabadinho Mhango and Helder Pelembe of Mozambique as the foreign players registered by the club with the League at the time of the release of this list.

Ugandan forward Geofrey Massa has also since been issued with his work-permit which will enable him to be also registered. 

While most clubs choose to apply for permanent residency for their foreign players who have been in the country for at least five years, Celtic have chosen not to pursue that route.

Khumbulani Konco, the Celtic CEO, tells that they haven’t explored the option of applying for Tignyemb’s permanent residence. “He is still registered as a foreigner,” says Konco. 

Tignyemb has been the Celtic first-choice goalkeeper since the 2008/09 season when he arrived Tonnerre Yaounde in his homeland, and has totaled 203 games to date for the club.


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