Leopards signing still waits for papers

New Mozambique goalkeeper Odimba Lama impatient for chance to play

Mozambican international goalkeeper Odimba Lama is still waiting for a work permit before he can sign for Black Leopards.

But he is confident of taking over as first choice for the club once the paperwork comes through.

“In the pre-season, I started all the games and my performances got me accolades,” he said in an interview.

“There is a good spirit in the club and I can now only just wait for the permit which I hope comes so that it does not complicate my life.”

Lama, who is of Congolese origin, said the process for the permit had been delayed by having to travel from Polokwane to Pretoria to complete the process. But Leopards had sent senior officials along to help him.

Lama said he was thrilled at the three-year contract offered by the club. “It’s great to play in the most competitive league in the region,” he added.

“I’m satisfied with the salary offered. There is no comparison with what I have previously earned at Mozambican clubs.”

Leopards have used Ayanda Mtshali as their first choice goalkeeper this season although Azwindini Maphaha played in their first game of the new Premier Soccer League. Former Uganda international Posnett Omony is also registered with the club this season.