Register Login Scores

PSL

The Gabadinho Controversy

Bloemfontein Celtic have spoken out about the age cheating controversy surrounding their new signing, Hellings ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango.

The Malawian striker signed for Siwelele during the transfer window, but is yet to be registered as a squad member for the season since his former club, Big Bullets FC, are refusing to issue his international transfer certificate because there is a confusion around his age, with the Malawian media having reported extensively on it.

Malawi’s Football Association and Fifa have indicated that he was born in 1996, meaning that he would have to wait until he turns 18 in order for his previous club to issue his international transfer certificate and therefore cannot be registered with the PSL.

However, his father, Society, has come out and said that the player is about to turn 21, on September 27.

Back in 2008, Mhango was barred from participating in an U14 tournament because he was reportedly overage. The Malawi Schools Sports Association general secretary was quoted as saying, “He came to the finals with Embangweni Primary School, but he failed to pass the age test as he was 17 years old then."

The Siya crew contacted Celtic’s technical director Mich D’Avray, who said, "We've signed him and we're just waiting for his work permit. All I know is that he's 20 years old and his passport says he's 20 years old.

“I don't know... what more can I say? We've got his clearance, but I just don't know how long it will take to get his work permit." 

By: Lunga Adam
Follow Lunga on Twitter: @Lunga110
 

14 comments

Top 5

Pirates Captain Opens Up Ahead Of Crunch Clash…

21 Aug 11, 2020 08:04 AM in Orlando Pirates

11 South African-born Players Who Represented Other Countries

26 Jul 11, 2020 08:01 PM in African Football

Chiefs Also Without Key Player For Wits Clash

9 Aug 11, 2020 01:12 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

10 Footballers Who Were Rich Before Football

13 Jul 24, 2020 07:16 PM in International

Downs' Season End Record Better Than Chiefs'

10 Aug 11, 2020 11:17 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Boost For Chiefs’ FIFA Ban Cause…

29 Aug 09, 2020 11:00 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Downs Pick Up Interest In Pirates Star?

34 Aug 08, 2020 11:02 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Report: Zidane Transfer-Lists 9 Players

4 Aug 11, 2020 06:30 PM in Real Madrid

Official: Real Madrid Confirm Another Exit

3 Aug 10, 2020 05:15 PM in Real Madrid

Manyama, Tinkler And Claasen All Scoop Awards

17 Aug 10, 2020 10:35 AM in PSL

Pirates Defender Ruled Out For Downs Clash

9 Aug 11, 2020 11:33 AM in Orlando Pirates

11 Footballers Who Went Broke

33 Jun 10, 2020 07:15 PM in World News

Watch: Tau Announces Himself With Cheeky Anderlecht Goal

7 Aug 11, 2020 12:36 PM in Players Abroad

The 10 Richest Footballers In The World

11 May 20, 2020 08:32 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch