Harare City battle for Ngwenya's ITC

HARARE - Harare City have been left fuming over the “unprofessional conduct” of Namibian club Eleven Arrows, which has continually frustrated the acquisition of striker Peter Ngwenya.

City claims Arrows have deliberately delayed releasing the Zimbabwean striker’s International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

The Castle Premiership debutants acquired the former Njube Sundowns and Lengthens striker during the mid-season transfer window but have been battling to acquire his ITC ever since.

Club manager Pardon Chivasa blamed the delay on the ineptitude of the Namibian club, which is taking its time to fulfil the requirements of the Fifa Transfer Matching System (TMS).

“Both clubs involved in the transfer of a player are required to enter identical information and if the information provided by both clubs doesn’t match, the transfer will be blocked,” Chivasa told the Daily News yesterday.

“We completed our part but Eleven Arrows haven’t because they claim that they don’t have the password to access the Fifa Transfer Matching System. It looks like there was a change of leadership at the club. The old executive has not handed over the password to the new executive.”

The former Blackpool and CAPS United defender said the municipality-owned team has since sought the intervention of Zifa to quicken the process.

“Something should be happening this week,” Chivasa said.

“We have been advised that we could be given a special dispensation to use the player. The plan is to get a clearance from the Namibian Football Association for us to use the player while the ITC is being processed.”

City have struggled for goals in their maiden PSL season despite creating a lot of scoring opportunities. The acquisition of Ngwenya will enable them to redeploy inspirational captain Godfrey Nguwodzawo to a midfield role.

Nguwodzawo, who has been leading the attack in the absence of a proven target man, has only managed to score just four goals.

The Sunshine Boys’ impotence in front of goals has seen them registering 10 draws, the highest number in the league.

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