Stellenbosch FC trio in race against time...

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The Cape Winelands-based outfit were without Nigerian midfielder Ibraheem Jabaar and new signings Lasse Sobiech and William Likuta for their opening two matches of the DStv Premiership as the trio are yet to receive their work visas from the Department of Home Affairs.

Speaking following Wednesday's 1-1 draw against Orlando Pirates, Stellies head coach Steve Barker revealed that he was unsure as to the reasons behind the delay in receiving the documentation but that he was hopeful it would arrive before the weekend’s clash against Royal AM.

"I don't know, you will have to ask Home Affairs," he said. "I'm not too sure. We were hopeful, and confident that we would get the work permits today [Wednesday] but unfortunately, the person who was meant to sign it off, wasn't there.

"We have to go back and knock on the door and hopefully we can have them available for Saturday."

Jabaar was one of Stellenbosch's standout players last season, Likuta hails from DR Congo, and former Borussia Dortmund and Hamburg defender Sobiech arrived in the off-season as a high-profile signing from 2. Bundesliga side SV Darmstadt.

Stellies aren't the only side to have been frustrated by the red tape involved in receiving their players' work visas in the recent weeks, with Swallows FC still without the services of head coach Dylan Kerr while he awaits his paperwork.

As a result, assistant coach Musa Nyatama was forced to take charge of the club’s opening day fixture, also against Pirates, as well as Tuesday’s exciting 3-2 victory over last season’s runners-up, Cape Town City.

Meanwhile, Stellies will also be without the services of another new recruit in the form of Vusi Sibiya, who Barker confirmed will remain sidelined for another three weeks before returning to training, while Athenkosi Mcaba’s involvement remains in doubt due to a hamstring injury.

Stanley Dimgba – leaves after scoring eight goals
Stanley Dimgba – leaves after scoring eight goals in 49 appearances for Stellenbosch FC
Sibusiso Mthethwa – leaves Stellenbosch FC with 73
Sibusiso Mthethwa – leaves Stellenbosch FC with 73 appearances and one goal to his name
Waseem Isaacs – leaves after scoring nine goals in
Waseem Isaacs – leaves after scoring nine goals in 49 appearances for Stellenbosch FC
Robyn Johannes – leaves Stellenbosch FC with 51 ap
Robyn Johannes – leaves Stellenbosch FC with 51 appearances and one goal to his name
Granwald Scott – leaves Stellenbosch FC with 41 ap
Granwald Scott – leaves Stellenbosch FC with 41 appearances and one goal to his name
Nathan Sinkala – leaves after scoring five goals i
Nathan Sinkala – leaves after scoring five goals in 56 appearances for Stellenbosch FC
Zitha Kwinika – leaves Stellenbosch FC with 57 app
Zitha Kwinika – leaves Stellenbosch FC with 57 appearances and one goal to his name
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Scroll through the gallery to see the players confirmed to be leaving Stellenbosch FC
Ashley Du Preez – leaves after scoring 17 goals in
Ashley Du Preez – leaves after scoring 17 goals in 98 appearances for Stellenbosch FC
Fuad Johnson – leaves Stellenbosch FC with four ap
Fuad Johnson – leaves Stellenbosch FC with four appearances to his name
Marc van Heerden – leaves Stellenbosch FC with 78
Marc van Heerden – leaves Stellenbosch FC with 78 appearances and three goals to his name