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Bidvest Wits to loan out Gerald Phiri Jnr due to paperwork issues

Posted: 22 January 2016 Time: 12:50

Malawian midfielder Gerald Phiri Jnr remains in Bidvest Wits’ plans for next season despite the fact he will be loaned out for the rest of the season due to paperwork issues.

Phiri was signed in July last year but wasn’t registered as the club weighed up the options of either taking up permanent residence for him due to one of his parents having been born in South Africa or bringing him in as a foreigner, which would call for a work permit.

With the club now having exhausted its foreign quota for this season the 22-year-old will not be able to be registered as a foreigner.

His permanent residence application is also still hanging, leaving him stuck for now and faced with the possibility of heading back to his former club CAPS United on loan if he fails to move locally.

“Due to the issues around his permanent residence permit application we are going to allow him to play for another team until the start of next season,” a Wits official tells

“Then next season he will definitely be registered and will play for us because he is a good player. Right now the options available for him are either that he moves to a local club or another club outside the country. He is still training with us for now.”

Wits have registered English striker James Keene, Burundian midfielder Papy Faty, Namibian attacker Wangu Gome, Kris Bright of New Zealand and Portuguese striker Joaquim Lupeta as their five foreign players for this season.

Meanwhile, Wits have confirmed that Keaghan Jacobs remains part of their squad after returning from a long-term injury picked up at the beginning of the season.

Article by: Lovemore Moyo
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