Willard Katsande is set to acquire his South African Permanent Residence Permit in the coming weeks, a move that will free up a foreign spot for Kaizer Chiefs.
As reported in this week’s issue of Soccer Laduma, the 30-year-old midfielder is close to finalising the paperwork that will see him registered as a local for the 2016/17 season, with the Zimbabwean having been in the country for six years now.
At present, Amakhosi have Katsande, Lewis Macha (Zambia), Edmore Chirambadare, Mitchell Katsvairo (both Zimbabwe) and Camaldine Abraw (Togo) on their books for the new season; however, with Abraw facing a possible exit and Katsande set to be registered as a local, they may have two foreigner spots to fill.
Chiefs have already made eight new additions to their senior team ahead of the 2016/17 campaign, and there have been indications that there will be more to come before the season gets under way.
It remains to be seen whether coach Steve Komphela will use the extra foreign space to bring in another player from outside the borders, but the option should be available to them in the coming weeks.