Bidvest Wits’ Malawian attacker, Gerald Phiri Jnr will wait a little longer before featuring for his South African club due to work-permit problems.
Phiri returned to his parent club, Wits, after spending a season on loan at Platinum Stars, where he netted two goals from free-kicks.
But the former Be Forward Wanderers and Caps United (Zimbabwe) exciting winger is yet to taste Absa Premier Soccer League (PSL) action this season.
His South African Manager, Paul Mitchell of Siyavuma Sports Group, on Monday confirmed that Phiri Jnr was waiting for a work-permit.
“Gerald had a problem with his passport, but all should be completed this week,” Mitchell said.
This season, the midfielder has been registered as a foreigner in the PSL.
Last year, Phiri was registered as a local as his father has South African roots.
Since joining Wits in 2015, Phiri had faced work permit hitches which kept him out of action for a year.
Phiri, son to the Flames Assistant Coach, Gerald Phiri Senior, netted a brilliant free kick for Malawi in a 1-0 win over Comoros Islands at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Last week, the Flames’ on-and–off forward Robin Ngalande received his work-permit to start a new lease of life at Baroka FC.
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