Former youth international midfielder Morne Nel’s debut in Brazil has been delayed as he continues to await the processing of work permit documents.
Nel arrived at the Brazil Serie D club Portuguesa de Desportos almost a month ago but has yet to feature in official matches though he is training with the club.
KickOff.com has been informed that the 25-year-old will become available for selection upon the issuing of the paperwork having undergone quarantine in Turkey last month prior to travelling to Brazil.
"The documents of foreigners have not yet been approved by the Brazilian federal government which is why we haven’t applied for the international transfer as yet which will then make him eligible to play for Portuguesa. He has already done his medicals. The idea is to open doors for South African players so that South African football is strengthened in all categories,” says a contact in Brazil.
Portuguesa de Desportos currently lead Group 7 of the Brazilian Serie D and have already played four games since Nel arrived at the club.
They are certain of qualification to the last 32 which will ultimately determine the four teams that win promotion to Serie C next season.
Though Portuguesa play in the fourth tier of Brazilian football they are a club steeped in history stretching over a century have previously played in Serie A where they had rivals with Corinthians, Palmeiras and Santos.
They are currently coached by Fernando Marchiori.
For Nel, he will be hoping to revive a career that showed so much promise at SuperSport United before slowing down at Ajax Cape Town.
South Africans rarely play in Brazil with Tyroane Sandows the only other South African to have played across the Atlantic Ocean.