Chiefs moving on free agents situation

Premiership

Kaizer Chiefs are seeking legal clarity to find out when they can register free agents following the dismissal of their appeal against a FIFA transfer ban.

Amakhosi will not be able to register any new players for the next two transfer windows after their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) failed.

But there remains uncertainty around free agents like Sifiso Hlanti, Phathutshedzo Nange and Brandon Petersen, who have all received their clearances.

The trio are all understood to have been offered contracts at The Village but after the club's transfer ban was upheld, it is unclear when they will be allowed to be registered.

Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt indicated recently that the club needed to consider loaning out their 'new signings' for the rest of the season or until the transfer ban is served.

But whether Chiefs can register free agents in March 2021 after the second transfer window under the terms of the ban closes, or in July 2021 when the next FIFA registration period opens, is unclear. Previous similar cases involving European clubs suggest it is the latter.

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According to Chiefs communications manager Vina Maphosa, the club's legal team is looking into the matter.

"Two transfer windows the verdict says. Anything other than that our legal team will advise and once they've done so we will alert the supporters," Maphosa tells KickOff.com.

A further complication for the employment contracts of any players Chiefs have signed as free agents – but not yet registered – is that the club will have to pay their salaries despite the players not being able to play.

FIFA has an international Transfer Management System (TMS) that is used by each member association for the registration of players in all professional leagues.

Any free agent signed in the PSL has to pass through FIFA's TMS before they can be registered by the domestic league.

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