WITH the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) registration deadline tomorrow, Highlanders had by yesterday morning still not received clearance letters from Chicken Inn for new signings Felix Chindungwe and Kudakwashe Mahachi.
Chindungwe and Mahachi crossed the floor to join the former league champions and have featured in two matches played in the past two weeks. Mahachi is now in the books of Mamelodi Sundowns, but still needs to be cleared by his last local club to facilitate registration with the Bulawayo giants.
Chicken Inn secretary Tavengwa Hara said they were still to be approached as a club for the clearance of the two players.
“No one has requested them (clearances). There is no comment on that. If there is anyone who requests them, we will act upon it, but no one has requested them. At the moment we have no comment,” he said.
According to PSL regulations, a player who is on loan has to be cleared by the last club he turned out for. In this case, Mahachi, who was on loan to Chicken Inn last season and signed a deal with South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns, will be cleared by Chicken Inn.
Mahachi had been on loan to Chicken Inn from then Division One side Bantu Rovers before his deal with Mamelodi Sundowns. He will move to the South African side in June as the club had exhausted their foreign quota.
Chindungwe’s contract ended on December 31, but is reported to have agreed terms with Chicken Inn before his departure for the African Nations Championships, although he did not sign a contract. Highlanders chairman Peter Dube said they were addressing the issue.
“We are still attending to that; whether we are talking to Chicken Inn or PSL we are still attending to it,” he said.
Mahachi’s manager Mlungisi Moyo said: “Sundowns agreed to loan Mahachi to Highlanders. Highlanders should get the clearance from his previous club, Chicken Inn.”
Meanwhile, PSL returnées Bantu Rovers are still to obtain permits for the two Major League Soccer players Greg Klazura and Mike Rose.
“We submitted the paperwork to Zifa and they will then send it to the director of immigration. We are still working on our list of players and we should send it by Friday (tomorrow). The two players could be in that list,” Bantu Rovers secretary Wilbert Sibanda, said.
The two started training with Bantu Rovers last month and “Tshintsha Guluva” are aiming at a longer stay in the PSL following their merger with Plumtree Chiefs which saw them bounce back into the top-flight league.