WARRIORS defender Teenage Hadebe yesterday missed his flight to Turkey from South Africa’s OR Tambo International airport due to ‘problems’ with his passport, H-Metro has established.
H-Metro last night gathered that Hadebe is left with one and half pages on his passport and the immigration officials said it should have at least four pages for him to proceed.
Hadebe was on his way to rejoin his Turkish club Yeni Malatyaspor after Warriors’ back-to-back encounters against Somalia in a preliminary 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Zimbabwe qualified for the group stage on a 3-2 aggregate.
While Hadebe could not be reached for comment, Warriors manager Wellington Mpandare confirmed that his player was denied to proceed in South Africa.
“It’s true, he was supposed to connect to his base in Turkey today (yesterday) but the immigration officials denied him to proceed.
“I got in touch with him and their reasons are that his passport is left with one and half pages. They said it should have at least four pages for him to continue with his journey,” said Mpandare.
He said he has been in touch with his club and are working together to solve the impasse.
“I spoke to the bosses at immigration for the way forward unfortunately Teenage (Hadebe) was no longer there. Maybe we could have come up with something,” said Mpandare.
He said if he fails to proceed with his journey, he will fly back home and apply for another passport.
“If he fails to make it, we are left with no option but him to come back and apply for a passport. But you know this issue of passports, it’s not easy. We had a similar incident on Joel Ngodzo when we wanted him for national duty,” said Mpandare.
He, however, said the Warriors star is safe.