Prins Tjiueza Transfer to Cape Town City Hits Frustrating Snag for John Comitis

Prins Tjiueza Transfer to Cape Town City Hits Frustrating Snag for John Comitis

Jarryd Westerdale
February 15, 2024 at 4:35 PM
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  • Prins Tjiueza was signed by Cape Town City after his performances for Namibia at AFCON
  • The deal is in limbo while the club and the player finalise documentation and a medical
  • The 21-year-old has been playing for Liria Prizren in Kosovo and is still expected to join City

Prins Tjiueza was expected to bolster Eric Tinkler's attacking options in the second half of the season but it is not to be.

Tjiueza's injury, which he picked up against Angola in their AFCON Round of 16 tie, has been deemed too serious for the club to complete the transfer at this stage.

Premier Soccer League procedures also proved problematic and John Comitis expressed his frustration with the formalities of the league.

Prins Tjiueza, Namibia, John Comitis, Cape Town City, transfer, Khanya Leshabela.
Prins Tjiuezawas expected to join Cape Town City but John Comitis explained his injury got in the way. Photos: @FootyNamibia and @ThabisoMosia
Source: Twitter

City's owner explained that players could not be signed from remote locations but have to be in the country, in person with original documents. Players also have to apply for work permits in person.

However, Comitis was clear that the problems with the Namibian's transfer was purely about his physical condition. The Citizen relayed his comments, stating:

"What was really the issue is that unfortunately he was still playing and he got injured. It was quite severe and the rehabilitation would probably take three months."

City do have positive transfer news in the shape of former Leicester City midfielder, Khanya Leshabela. Comitis confirmed the player was in Cape Town working on his fitness.

The 24-year-old is highly rated but endured two loan spells at Shrewsbury Town and Crewe Alexandra. Comitis expressed his eagerness to see Leshabela on the pitch, via FARPost:

"He hasn’t been playing for a while and is not in good condition. We can’t wait to have him involved, he’s gone under the radar in South Africa.”

City resume their push for the second CAF Champions League qualification spot with a trip to Chippa United on Saturday afternoon.

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Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.