FC Platinum head coach Pieter de Jongh was on Saturday blocked from entering South Africa by the country’s authorities while on his way to Eswatini.
The Dutchman didn’t have the prerequisite COVID-19 testing certificate and a clearance letter from the South African embassy in Harare.
De Jongh admitted that he was indeed barred from entering South Africa but said the only reason he couldn’t proceed to Eswatini was a communication breakdown. He said:
I had all the papers except one. I was tested for Coronavirus in Gweru on Thursday and I don’t have the virus. I also have a letter from my very professional employers FC Platinum, who knew where I was going and another letter from the Eswatini football authorities, who by the way remain very good friends of mine, having been their employee.
There was just a small communication breakdown that required me to have a letter from the South African embassy so that I can pass through their country on my way to Eswatini, a visit which by the way was more private than anything although I also wanted to organise a camp for my club (FC Platinum) as part of our preparations for the Caf Champions League.
It’s not true that I was going to meet my so-called potential employers; I am very happy here at FC Platinum, it’s a professional institute and my contract here is a long one. I have all the intentions of fulfilling it. Once the proper papers are sorted, I will definitely make the trip to Eswatini.