Mamelodi Sundowns new signing Abubeker Nasir Ahmed stuck


Nasir was signed by Sundowns during the January transfer window before being loaned back to BetKing Ethiopian Premier League club Ethiopian Coffee for the rest of the season, which ended this past weekend.

The lanky forward missed out on retaining his top goal scorer award after circumstances forced him not to play the last two league games.

He ended up on 14 goals along with three other players including former Bidvest Wits and University of Pretoria forward Getaneh Kebede while the league’s top scorer Yigezu Bogale of Sidama Coffee had 16.

"Abubeker remains here in Addis Ababa up to now and the reason given is that they are processing the work permit," reveals Fekade Mamo, the president of Ethiopian Coffee talking to

"With us, all financial-related matters due to us have been completed and the player is no longer ours anymore even though he is still here in Addis Ababa.

"I suppose this work permit is being done by Sundowns because I don’t know how these things are done in South Africa," says Mamo while then explaining why Nasir didn’t play the last two league games.

"If he had played our last two matches, he would have become the top scorer again in the league.

"However, he didn’t play those last two games because he was busy with some immigration clearance-related matters related to going to South Africa.

"The embassy requires some medical papers and clearances from the police and because of this he had to take his time out from the club to get these documents sorted.

"So, that is why he missed two matches which would have benefitted him.

"Still, I have no doubt that he will excel in South Africa because he will now be exposed to better facilities there even though he will be playing in a club with better facilities.

"I hope he will adapt to the environment in South Africa," says Mamo.