Player holds valid visa says lawyer
AFRICAN Stars, through its lawyer, has called for the visa extension of Tapiwa Simon Musekiwa, who over the weekend was arrested by immigration officials in Rundu following the expiry of his work visa.
The player, who is currently in the spotlights regarding the Young African relegation saga, was arrested after he played in the African Stars game against Julinho FC.
Informanté understands that the player was taken into custody in Rundu and was given 49 hours to leave the country as his work visa had expired on 22 January 2019.
In a letter from the lawyer, Norman Tjombe, Stars claims that his residence and employment status for African Stars is lawful and that it was at Young African where he was not in possession of a valid visa.
“During the tenure with Young African, Musekiwa was not in possession of a valid employment permit and we understand that the matter is currently under investigation. As for African Stars, Musekiwa is in possession of a valid visa with a validity until 22 February 2019. The fact that prior to joining the employment of African Stars Musekiwa was allegedly unlawfully employed by Young African is of no consequence and does not affect the validity and lawfulness of his continued employment,” he said.
Tjombe, on behalf of Stars, called for the extension of the employment visa.
The player is also under investigation for allegedly confessing to charges of fraud identity after he played under a false name whilst he was signed at Young African, resulting in the team being relegated from the NPL and the team was charged with N$50 000 each for two counts of misconduct and fraud identity.