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Work permit delays Eric Atsigah’s Wanderers debut

TNM Super League leaders Be Forward Wanderers have said they are waiting for issuance of a work permit to start featuring Ghanaian defender Eric Atsigah who resigned from struggling Masters Security.

The versatile defender has been training with Wanderers since the end of the first round but is yet to be cleared to start playing for the Lali Lubani Road side.

Wanderers signed Atsigah on a three-year deal as a free agent but the transfer is failing to materialise as Masters Security are claiming that the player has a running contract with them.

Last week, Fam called a stakeholders meeting to resolve the matter but Masters’ representatives failed to show up.

Wanderers Chairperson, Gift Mkandawire, claimed they had sorted out all issues surrounding Atsigah’s move.

“We are only waiting for a work permit as Atsigah is a foreigner. What we do not know is when it would be ready. But the player is eager after training with us for over two months now,” Mkandawire said.

But asked if Atsigah is eligible to play for the Nomads, Fam Transfer Matching Systems Manager Casper Jangale said he was yet to receive the final report from the stakeholders’ meeting.

“I did not attend the meeting and I was supposed to meet the chairperson of the stakeholders meeting to appreciate what transpired,” Jangale said.

Masters General Secretary, Christopher Njeula, said the club had given up on the player.

Atsigah said he had settled down at Wanderers and was hoping that the case would be concluded soon.

“It feels great to be part of the Wanderers family. I just want to concentrate on playing football and I hope to return to action soon,” he said.

Atsigah was one of the most sought-after players during the mid season break with several big clubs hunting for his signature.

Silver Strikers were also on the verge of signing the West African but he decided to move to the Blantyre-based crowd pullers.

It was reported that a deal was already agreed in principle with Masters’ owner Alfred Gangata claiming that he had already pocketed a transfer fee from the Central Bankers.

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