AUG 01] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Permit Problem For New Striker
Coventry City manager Gordon
Strachan might be forced to shop around for a new striker just a
week into the First Division season.
The Sky Blues boss is still
without Julian Joachim who picked up an ankle injury just
fifteen minutes into his first friendly appearance after joining
from Aston Villa.
But Strachan has today been hit
by the news that South African striker Phil Masinga will not
receive a work permit.
City thought they had pulled off
a transfer coup last month when the 32-year-old agreed to join
from Italian side Bari on a free transfer, but the deal has now
been scuppered by red tape.
However, the club intend to
appeal over the matter as a Football League representative was
not on the panel that decided to rule against Masinga’s move
to Highfield Road, but if that fails Strachan will need to add
to his personnel in the striking department.
Lee Hughes and Jay Bothroyd
struck up a good partnership in Coventry’s 2-0 win against
Stockport at the weekend but the Sky Blues manager is reluctant
to use Bothroyd week-in-week-out.
South Americans Ysrael Zuniga and
Jairo Martinez are still waiting in the wings but Strachan does
not see them as long term cover for his first choice strikers.
That means he may have to dip
into the transfer market to find suitable reserves, but chairman
Bryan Richardson insists the Masinga matter is not over and done
“You can imagine our anger.
Phil Masinga was granted a work permit to play for Leeds
United years ago when he was relatively unknown and had played
just eight times for his country.
“We produced documentation
that he has now played 58 times for South Africa. He has
played for FC Zurich and for the last four years in the
Italian Serie A for Bari. He clearly meets all the standards
of ability anyone could ask for.”