Highlanders have reportedly not yet submitted the new Dutch head coach’s work permit papers .
Despite being handed the job towards the end of last year Erol Akbay was allegedly waiting for his papers to be sorted out.
However according to the Chronicle a support letter required as part of the work permit application from the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) was only obtained yesterday.
SRC spokesman Tirivashe Nheweyembwa told the Chronicle, “ We received Highlanders’ application today (yesterday) and after receiving their support letter they can now approach the Immigration guys for a work permit.
The apparent slow progress the Highlanders executive has had on Akbay’s work permit means the Highlanders squad has started pre-season without their new coach.
Cosmas Zulu and Amini Soma Phiri have be in charge of pre-season and both have now indicated that they are willing to work with Akbay.