Rules Stop Dismissed Baroka Skipper From Playing This Season
Olaleng Shaku Won't Be Playing For Anyone After Leaving Baroka
The rules of the National Soccer League prevent Witbank Spurs’ newest signing from playing again this season.
Read: Olaleng Joins Spurs
Spurs confirmed on Wednesday that they had snapped up 29-year-old defender, Olaleng Shaku, following his exit from Baroka, explaining that he had joined them until the end of the season.
The National First Division said that the former Bakgaga captain would be key to them pushing for promotion but clearly didn’t read the rules that prevent him from being registered to play.
The NSL rules state as follows:
Only the following categories of Players may be registered by a Member Club outside of the registration periods stated above:
31.6.1. A Player who was not under contract with any club at the time that the previous registration period closed;
31.6.2. An amateur Player who has a clearance certificate; or
31.6.3. A Player who has been declared a free agent.
The NSL’s terminology refers to a ‘free agent’ as a player who has been ‘declared a free agent by the Dispute Resolution Chamber of the League or by a SAFA Tribunal, a FIFA Tribunal, or a Court of Law’. This doesn’t cover players who have been released.
It remains to be seen how Spurs will handle the situation, as they may now have agreed to pay Shaku until the end of the season even though he isn’t eligible to play.