By Sports Reporter
DYNAMOS are finally set to unleash new signing Kingston Nkatha in a mouth-watering clash with bitter rivals Highlanders in a rescheduled Castle Lager Premier Soccer League encounter at Barbourfields on Sunday.
Nkatha signed for the Harare giants as a free agent from South African Premiership side Supersport United more than a month ago.
He however could not feature for them as his clearance from Supersport United had arrived after the closure of the transfer window on July 31.
According to the statutes governing player transfers, in particular free agents, a player can only be eligible to play after the lapse of a 30-day period if his clearance from his former club comes when the transfer window has closed.
The 32-year-old forward joined Dynamos after severing ties with SuperSport of South Africa but his clearance arrived after the close of the transfer window.
This meant that Nkhatha had to wait until the expiry of the 30-day period.
And with the required time frame having lapsed at the weekend, Dynamos, who had already registered the player with the PSL, are now just waiting for his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) from the South African Football Association (SAFA) for him to be licenced.
Usually, an ITC should not take much time and Nkatha expressed optimism he would play in what should be Dynamos’ revenge mission against a side they lost to in the reverse fixture.
“I have been told the clearance from SAFA would have arrived between today (Monday) and Tuesday. So, I will just wait to hear from them.
“This is a big game for both teams. There is a lot at stake and no team wants to lose this one.
“Both parties want to represent their town with pride and distinction and I hope we will go there and emerge victors. I just can’t wait.”
He added; “Since I joined Dynamos, I have been looking forward to playing a part so I hope all the papers will be in order before the trip to Bulawayo. Dynamos have been playing well of late and I will be looking to also make a positive contribution.”
Dynamos team manager Richard Chihoro said they were now waiting for the ITC from SAFA as they seek to have their new signing in the squad for the clash against their old rivals.
“All is in order. We are now just waiting for the ITC from SAFA. We hope to have everything in place before we leave for Bulawayo. From this end we had done the registration already so we are now waiting for the ITC,” said Chihoro.
Dynamos will be hoping to build on their weekend victory over Bulawayo City whom they overcame 2-1 with Denver Mukamba and Quality Kangadze scoring to secure maximum points.
The Glamour Boys have lost just once against Ngezi Platinum in their last five matches.
In contrast, Highlanders have been poor in their last five matches losing to Chicken Inn and Ngezi Platinum on Sunday.
But having won the reverse fixture in Harare, Highlanders should be high on confidence on Sunday.