Cape Town - New Bidvest Wits recruit Gabadinho Mhango will spend the remainder of the Premier Soccer League season on the sidelines with his new club unable to register him for this campaign.
The Malawi international striker rejected current side Bloemfontein Celtic and signed a pre-contract with Wits that will see him join the Gauteng club on June 1.
As has become the norm, Celtic have subsequently released Mhango from the remainder of his contract that was due to expire at the end of the campaign and told him to pack his bags, suggesting he would lack commitment towards cause of the Free State side.
But it leaves the 23-year-old in limbo as Wits, having already used up their quota of five foreign registrations for the 2015/16 season, cannot use the striker this campaign.
Namibian playmaker Wangu Gome, Burundi midfielder Papy Faty, New Zealand striker Kris Bright, Portuguese forward Jucie Lupeta and new English targetman James Keene have fill the five spots.
Meanwhile, Celtic owner Max Tshabalala has slammed the conduct of the Malawian, saying he only heard about the move via the media.
“We are stunned by Mhango’s pre-contract signing with Wits after having numerous discussions with him and his agent for more than a year,” Tshabalala said.
“Even this past Friday, whilst preparing for the Kaizer Chiefs game, he adamantly denied rumours about his departure and made a commitment that he will extend his contract with us sign. I deem his conduct to be unprofessional.