Stellenbosch FC are in a test of skill and endurance to have three of their unfamiliar players accessible for Saturday's conflict against high-flying Royal AM.
The Cape Winelands-based outfit were without Nigerian midfielder Ibraheem Jabaar and new signings Lasse Sobiech and William Likuta for their initial two matches of the DStv Premiership as the threesome are yet to accept their work visas from the Department of Home Affairs.
Talking following Wednesday's 1-1 draw against Orlando Pirates, Stellies lead trainer Steve Barker uncovered that he was uncertain with regards to the purposes for the defer in getting the documentation yet that he was confident it would show up before the end of the week's conflict against Royal AM.
"I don't have any idea, you should ask Home Affairs," he said. "I'm not excessively certain. We were confident, and sure that we would get the work allows today [Wednesday] however sadly, the individual who was intended to sign it off, wasn't there.
"We need to return and thump on the entryway and ideally we can have them accessible for Saturday."
Jabaar was one of Stellenbosch's champion players last season, Likuta hails from DR Congo, and previous Borussia Dortmund and Hamburg safeguard Sobiech showed up in the slow time of year as a high-profile marking from 2. Bundesliga side SV Darmstadt.
Stellies aren't the main side to have been disappointed by the administrative noise associated with accepting their players' work visas in the new weeks, with Swallows FC still without the administrations of lead trainer Dylan Kerr while he anticipates his desk work.
Subsequently, right hand mentor Musa Nyatama had to assume responsibility for the club's first day of the season installation, likewise against Pirates, as well as Tuesday's thrilling 3-2 triumph over last season's other participants, Cape Town City.
In the mean time, Stellies will likewise be without the administrations of one more newcomer as Vusi Sibiya, who Barker affirmed will remain sidelined for an additional three weeks prior to getting back to preparing, while Athenkosi Mcaba's contribution stays in uncertainty because of a hamstring injury.
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