DIVINE BACK AT DOWNS, NEEDS RESIDENCY PERMIT

JOHANNESBURG. Zimbabwean international left-back Divine Lunga is back at Mamelodi Sundowns after spending the 2022-23 season at Golden Arrows on loan.

He joined Sundowns from Golden Arrows in 2021 but struggled for game time in his first season at the club.

Lunga was loaned back to Golden Arrows for the 2022/23 DStv Premiership season, where he impressed in 30 games across all competitions.

However, he returned to Sundowns for the start of this season.

He is yet to feature for the Brazilians this season and has not yet appeared on the bench.

This has led to speculation about his future at the club.

However, FARPost can confirm Lunga is awaiting his Permanent Residency permit, which would allow the club to register him as a local.

He is eligible for Permanent Residency after spending the last five years in the country.

He has already applied for it and is waiting for its approval before returning to playing.

Recently, Sundowns forward, Gaston Sirino received his citizenship.

The FIFA suspension on Zimbabwe has been lifted and the Warriors will soon play in the World Cup qualifiers.

The Warriors play their opening qualifier against Rwanda on 13 November.

They also have Bafana Bafana, Nigeria, Lesotho, and Benin in Group C of the qualifiers.

Zimbabwe last played international football at the 2022 AFCON finals in Cameroon. Golden Arrows are reportedly interested in re-signing Lunga on loan, but he looks likely to stay at Chloorkop.

Lunga is a talented left-back with good attacking qualities.

He is also a versatile player who can play in central defence.

He hopes to get regular game time this season to convince national selectors to pick him for the qualifiers.

However, Sundowns have a number of solid left-backs in their squad, including Bafana Bafana international Aubrey Modiba and Terrence Mashego. – FARPost

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