Tafic fans will have to wait until January before they get their first glimpse of the club’s exciting new striker, Simbarashe Sithole.
The highly-rated 27-year-old Zimbabwean forward penned a two-year deal with the Matjimenyanga Boys in August but will not feature until the new year due to his international clearance arriving after the transfer window had closed.
Sithole’s signature was a huge coup for the Francistown-based side, as the internationally capped forward boasts a wealth of experience, having played for Ajax Cape Town in the South African premier league and Highlanders FC in his native Zimbabwe.
The delay is a frustrating development for Tafic as the club bid to return to the Premier League following their relegation from the top flight in 2014.
It was hoped that Sithole, in partnership with centre-forward Stewart Matlala, would spearhead Tafic’s charge to escape the Debswana Northern First Division.
Hiding his disappointment at the new signing’s current unavailability, the club’s manager, Carlos Motaung, told Voice Sport, “Due to the late arrival of his International Transfer Certificate, our recent prized signing will not make his debut for Tafic any time soon. He will be officially registered during the January transfer window.”
Despite the setback, the Matjimenyanga Boys have enjoyed a relatively successful start to the season.
After going unbeaten in their first four games, collecting ten points in the process, the club suffered their first loss last Saturday, unexpectedly faltering 5-3 at home to a spirited Maun Tigers side languishing near the bottom of the table.
It was a surprising result but Motaung is confident it won’t derail his team’s promotion bid, saying, “We have overstayed in the lower division. The belief is that Sithole’s experience will help us retain our premiership status.”
For his part, Sithole, who is still heavily involved in Tafic’s training sessions, is raring to go and desperate to start repaying the faith his new club have shown in him.
For the Matjimenyanga boys ardent fans, January cannot come quickly enough!