Tipa waits on residence permit
Posted: 12 March 2009 Time: 6:40 am
Bidvest Wits midfielder Bienvenu Tipa says he is not unduly worried about his future at the club despite the fact that his contract renewal negotiations having not started yet.
The Cameroonian hard man explains that he is still waiting for his permanent residence permit that he applied for at the beginning of the season. He says he has been able to continue playing as he is registered as a foreigner this season. Tipa was re-registered by the Students following the departure of Brazilian striker Andrey Almeida Ricardo. Despite the protracted wait for his permit, Tipa has played regularly this season like he did last season. “I have been told that it (his permit) will come through before May. I put through the application last year and the team manager is handling everything. I am positive that by next season everything will be sorted out so that I can be registered as a non-foreigner. “My contract expires at the end of June and discussions haven’t started as yet. Maybe the club wants my permanent residence to come through first before we talk about a new deal. “I want to stay on with the club because I don’t have any complaints. The club has been good to me and I have no problem with my stay because I have also been making my contribution on the field of play.” Tipa, who has been in the country since 2003, has also played for Vasco da Gama and Bloemfontein Celtic. Wits have already signed Zimbabwean winger Edward Sadomba and he will join fellow countryman Energy Murambadoro and the Brazilian duo Fabricio Rodrigues and David De Oliviera as the four foreigners next season. Zambian Clifford Mulenga has already been loaned to Thanda Royal Zulu.