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Wangu Batista Gome and Deon Hotto cleared to play

Posted: 11 September 2015 Time: 13:04

New Bidvest Wits signing Wangu Batista Gome has been registered with the PSL following the completion of his signing.

The Namibian will be available for selection in the varsity’s derby against University of Pretoria on Sunday.

KickOff.com confirmed the signing of Gome last week and the 22 year-old has now been issued with his PSL card.

He was the 2015 Cosafa Cup Player of the Tournament as The Brave Warriors staged an upset and won their first ever piece of silverware in international football.

“He has just recently come through the ranks into the national team, but what I have noticed in the games I have played with him is that he is a special player,” Namibia captain and AmaTuks player Ketjijere tells KickOff.com.

“We play together in the national team midfield, with him being the more offensive while I am more defensive. His style and character is suited to the game here in South Africa because he is a typical playmaker and makes things happen.

“He has that ability to rise to the occasion by turning on the magic in tight games by providing an assist or a through pass in a tight game. He should do well.”

Gome, who was born to an Angolan father in Windhoek, has previously played for Civics FC in the Namibian Premier League.

Meanwhile, another Namibian, winger Deon Hotto, is due to play his first competitive game for Golden Arrows this weekend following the issuing of his work-permit.

Arrows will host former champions Mamelodi Sundowns at Chatsworth Stadium as the League resumes after a 17-day break.

Hotto has missed the opening three games of the season as he waited for his papers to be sorted before he could be registered with the PSL.

“I have now been registered with the PSL after the issuing of my work-permit, which was delayed because I was still waiting for a police clearance from Namibia. I will be available for selection tomorrow against Sundowns,” Hotto tells KickOff.com.

Though fellow Namibians at Maximillian Mbaeva and Chris Katjiukua are registered as locals, Hotto doesn’t qualify as his parents had taken up Namibian citizenship at the time of his birth.

Regulations state that Namibians whose parents maintained South African citizenship when Namibia became completely independent from South African governance in 1994 qualify for SA permanent residency.

Hotto, who joined Arrows at the beginning of last year and played at the tail-end of the club’s relegation from the PSL, played a key role in their promotion from the First Division last season.

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