Flames midfield stalwart Robert Ng’ambi has been granted a permanent residence permit by the South African Home Affairs Office.
Following the development, the Platinum Stars player has been registered with the Premier Soccer League (PSL) as a local player and made his first appearance this season on Wednesday night when he inspired Dikwena to a 2-0 win over Golden Arrows.
The 28-year-old, who is playing in his 10th season in South Africa after making his debut for Black Leopards in 2005/06, is now a key player for Dikwena and will no longer take up a foreigner spot.
Flames coach Ernest Mtawali described the development as a big boost ahead of next weekend’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations’ qualifier against Swaziland’s Sihlangu away in Mbabane.
“Robert is one of the most experienced players in the squad who is also a great inspiration to he upcoming players and that he has now started played is a big boost to the national team and to him personally,” said Mtawali.
“A patient wait pays off! Robert Ng’ambi finally registered as a local player after been granted a permanent residence permit #ShakeItLiveIt,” Stars tweeted from their official account.
Some of the Malawian players who obtained residence permits before include Patrick Mabedi and John Maduka.
Flames defender Limbikani Mzava has also been registered by the PSL after getting his work permit and featured for Mpumalanga Black Aces in the 1-0 win over Mamelodi Sundowns on Tuesday.