Former Caps United midfielder Oscar Machapa will watch his new team Moroka Swallows when they take on SuperSport in the MTN 8 quarter-final soccer match on the sidelines tomorrow as he is still to obtain a work permit.
Reports from South Africa yesterday said Swallows coach Rainer Zobel was a frustrated man as he faces the possibility of going into the game without some of his foreign players, including Georgian midfielder George Nergadze, Machapa and defender Roger Da Costa who is still waiting for his international clearance from the United States.
Speaking to KickOff.com, the German coach put the blame on the Department of Home Affairs for delaying the issue of work permits to their foreign players.
“Our preparations for the new season have been going well, but we are facing a big problem in that some of our foreign players are still without work permits.
“This situation makes it difficult to plan for the game against SuperSport United. We applied for the work permits almost two months ago and have not heard anything from Home Affairs.
“I am now beginning to suspect that maybe this is being done deliberately to frustrate Swallows as I believe some teams in the PSL don’t wait a long time before work permits for their foreign players are processed.
“At this stage I am frustrated as I don’t know which players to use on Saturday (tomorrow).
Some may receive their work permits on Friday (today) or Saturday (tomorrow) morning, who knows?”
Birds’ defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele, however, is confident that his team will fly over their visitors even if their foreign brigade is missing.
“We have always struggled to beat SuperSport but this must change. We are highly motivated to start the new season on a high and unfortunately SuperSport are going to be the first team to feel our wrath this season.”