No work permit blues for Lopez
Wits coach Antonio Lopez will be on the bench tomorrow when his club starts the new season away at Free State Stars.
The Spaniard has received his work permit in time to conduct team affairs from the side of the pitch. and the rapid processing of his application means the complement of coaches is complete for the weekend.
This is save for his counterpart on the day. Steve Komphela will be confined to the stands as he starts a two-match suspension after being sent off from the field in the loss to SuperSport United in the MTN8 last weekend.
After years of battling with lengthy delays at the Home Affairs Department, most Premier Soccer League clubs now find applications for work permits for foreign imports - both players and coaches - much easier and quicker to obtain.
Just two years ago Vasco da Gama had to wait more than two months before they could finally field their Botswana import Pontso Moloi. Now it can take a matter of days to get an import regularised.
Lopez, a former Bolivia national coach, is one of five new coaches this season in the top flight.
Steve Barker and Stuart Baxter make their PSL debuts this weekend while Lopez, Manqoba Mngqithi and Zeca Marques return.
Lopez was last at Sundowns, Mngqithi at AmaZulu and Marques was Moroka Swallows head coach previously in 2000.