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Gerald Phiri Jnr receives permit

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South Africa’s Bidvest Wits Chief Executive Officer, Jose Ferreira, has confirmed that Gerald Phiri Jnr has received his South African permanent residence permit.

Midfielder Phiri signed for Wits at the beginning of the season but could not be registered due to a delay in receiving the permanent residence.

Now the permit paves the way for Wits to register Phiri as a local player, South Africa’s Kick-Off magazine reported Tuesday.

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“Everything has been sorted out. He is back but will only be registered next season,” Ferreira tells Kick- Off.com

The former Be Forward Wanderes winger has returned to South Africa after spending months without kicking the ball while on loan in Botswana at Township Rollers FC.

Now Phiri reunites next season with his former Brave Warriors team-mate, Frank Gabadinho Mhango, who joins Wits in July at the end of his loan spell at Golden Arrows.

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Ferreira also confirmed the signing of Zimbabwean striker Knox Mutizwa from Bulawayo Highlanders after he impressed during a trial in December.

The 22-year-old, who scored 14 goals in 17 starts for Highlanders last season, is expected to be registered as a foreigner next season.— Kick-Off.com

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