Home Affairs assists with player registration

PSL chairman Irvin Khoza says Home Affairs has assisted the league with the registration of foreign players.

FILE: PSL chairman Dr Irvin Khoza. Picture: Marc Lewis/EWN Sport.

JOHANNESBURG - Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairman Irvin Khoza says the Department of Home Affairs has assisted the league with the registration of foreign players.

The department's new regulations require clubs to prove players from abroad have skills locals do not possess.

Clubs also need to apply for a waiver from the legal requirement that they advertise places.

The dilemma has seen clubs like Ajax Cape Town missing out on five foreign players.

Khoza says the problem has temporarily been solved now that department has come on board to assist and speed up the process.

"But beyond that point is another discussion as we're working toward corporate visas for the PSL. We're going to make a presentation and I think it's going to be successful.

Khoza believes the newly launched MultiChoice Diski Challenge will broaden the talent pool available to Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba.

The tournament, which is a three-year project, which will see the country's top junior players compete on a weekly basis, improving the foundation of the game in South Africa.

Khoza believes the tournament will produce more talent for coaches to select.