Downs keeper Verbauwhede gets papers

Mamelodi Sundowns

Verbauwhede was snapped up earlier this year as a free agent with the club making it clear that his signing was for this season but the plenty developments happening after he arrived at Chloorkop meant that he will only be available for selection if he acquires permanent residence as The Brazilians have since exhausted their foreign quota.

That permanent residence would have to be acquired under the category ‘of financial independence’ in the same way Dutch defender Alje Schut did last season straight after arriving from Holland which is unlike the normal five years that a player has to spend working in the country before being eligible for ‘localization’.

In this special category, according to Home Affairs legislation, permanent residence maybe issued to a foreigner who has minimum net worth of R7,5 million and who pays a fee of R75 000.

With Verbauwhede meeting all these requirements he then applied via this route and the club has now since confirmed that ‘his papers are out and he is now in the process of being registered with the PSL’.

Information gathered by is that the delay in his registration with the PSL is due to the issuing of some papers by his previous club in Belgium.

The 28-year-old will however have to start further down the pecking order in his bid for game time as Wayne Sandilands is already also waiting for his turn behind reliable first choice Kennedy Mweene.