Thursday Nov 28, 2019. 13:00
Zimbabwe international defender Teenage Hadebe will finally return to Turkish side Yeni Malatyaspor on Thursday after receiving a new passport that will allow him to travel to Europe.
The 24-year-old drew the ire of his club after his failure to report back following international duty last week, which caused him to miss Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Fenerbahçe, and will rule him out of Friday’s crunch game against another top side, Galatasaray.
Hadebe did not have enough empty pages in his passport to be able to travel and so had to get a new document, which was expedited by the Zimbabwe government at the request of the country’s football association.
“Teenage’s passport is now out, I was called by officials from the Registrar General office and they told me to come and collect the passport at 4.30pm,” Warriors team manager Wellington Mpandare told The Herald.
“I went there and got the passport and that’s something positive given all the pressure that we have been under in the past few days with his Turkish club rightly demanding that they want to see their player at his base so that he can play for them.
“We have revised his travel plans and Teenage will now leave tomorrow (Thursday) at 12.50pm on the South African Airways flight from Bulawayo to Johannesburg.
“From there, he will get onto a Turkish Airlines flight which leaves at 19.15pm for Istanbul and then on Friday morning he will be on another Turkish Airlines flight to his base in Malatya.
“It has been a tough time for everyone but we are happy that he is now going to do what he does best and that is playing football.”
Yeni Malatyaspor were outraged that the player had failed to return on time for international duty and even threatened to terminate his contract on Wednesday.
Hadebe has largely been a regular for the side since a surprise move from South African side Kaizer Chiefs in the last transfer window.