Why foreign players take dual citizenship


Kaizer Chiefs legend Robson Muchichwa has explained why having players with the dual citizenship benefits clubs in South Africa.

Muchichwa arrived in South Africa from Zimbabwe in 1994 playing for Qwaqwa Stars before he went to join Kaizer Chiefs in 1995, where he spent five seasons.

The DStv Premiership currently boast a total of 13 foreign-born players who currently hold dual citizenship.

"It's an advantage for the team actually," Muchichwa tells KickOff.com.

"The team gets the advantage because they know that they got more foreigners in the team, so it's more good for the team. I think the team benefits a lot because they know that they got six foreigners in the team and one is almost to be a citizen."

Muchichwa says getting the South African citizenship is not easy as most people think as sometimes it becomes a long process.

"I got the citizenship when I was at Kaizer Chiefs. From what I know you first have to be here for five years using a work permit, and then after that five years you can apply for a non - citizen, where you are a citizen but you are not allowed to vote. This means you play another five years again with the non-citizen. And then after five years using that non- citizen that's when you start applying for a citizen. That is the road which I used. It comes from you if you want to do it.

"Mind you it's a sensitive issue because you are changing a citizenship you understand. For me in terms of working yes, it's a good idea because you are at work and you want to continue working. Yes, you do benefit a little because other than that a team telling you 'We want to bring in a foreigner so we want to release you.' They will be coming with an option to say, 'Ok instead of releasing you, can you allow us to do Abcd?'

"With the citizenship you are allowed to vote (During national elections), I have voted like two times already. But I'm no longer allowed to vote in Zimbabwe because I now got a South African citizenship. Because right now my ID is written citizenship. Right now, I'm allowed to vote, even the (SASSA) grant I can get it if I get old...I'm a citizenship just like you now. My benefits and yours are the same now. But If like I represented Zimbabwe and change the citizenship into South Africa, I'm not allowed to play for South Africa because I had represented Zimbabwe before. I can't represent two nations now."

Click through the gallery above to see 13 PSL players with dual citizenship.