Work permit issues still sidelining Baroka's Helder Pelembe and Mpho Kgaswane
Posted: 24 February 2017 Time: 16:47
Baroka FC look likely to again be without January signings Helder Pelembe and Mpho Kgaswane when they face Cape Town City at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday.
Botswana international Kgaswane joined Baroka from Gaborone United in January, while Mozambique forward Pelembe previously plied his trade at Orlando Pirates and Bloemfontein Celtic before arriving in Polokwane last month.
However, the pair have been unable to make their debuts for the club due to paperwork issues, although Bakgaga Ba Ga Mphahlele have spent the past few days working hard to push the permits through.
"Yes, they've been going [to Johannesburg Home Affairs] since yesterday, even today they've been around Johannesburg because of the work permits," a reliable source tells KickOff.com.
"They couldn't finalise everything yesterday so they were told to come back today. So they are just waiting because the permits were finally submitted today but I don't know how long they will take. But what's left for now is for the permits to be approved and be collected. It's only that."
This website then contacted Baroka CEO Morgan Mammila for confirmation of the story, with the club chief doubtful of the pair's involvement against City.
"Yes, but they [the permits] might be ready anytime from now. It's just that tomorrow it's Saturday [home affairs offices will not open] which means they won't be available for Sunday's match. So definitely on Monday we expect some good news," Mammila confirmed to this website.