Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Densill Theobald will have to wait until January 1 before he can make his official debut for Dempo SC in the Indian League after the club was denied a request for his international clearance.
Theobald on Monday revealed that the club appealed the initial turn down but was again denied which means that they will now have to await the January transfer window before the deal can be completed which will allow him to play for the club in official competition.
Dempo has however decided to hold on to Theobald despite his inability to represent the club in the I-League until January following his initial six-month deal.
“It’s been a disappointing period for me but I’m being patient at the moment and I will now have to wait a further two months before I can play in the League for Dempo.
I’ve continued training on a daily basis with the club and they have been very good to me since I came here and even through this period.
I have already played for the club in a few non-League games and I’ve settled in so it’s just a matter of waiting out the next two months,” the ex-Caledonia player told TTFF Media.
Theobaldwas denied the clearance due to the fact that he was not under contract with Caledonia but instead his last contract was with Hungarian club Ujpest FC which subsequently ended before he returned to Caledonia.
The circumstances meant Dempo would possibly have had to pay Ujpest a transfer fee. FIFA subsequently denied a plea by Dempo to allow Theobald the necessary clearance for him to be an eligible player in the I-League.
Dempo head coach Armando Coleco said he would continue to keep Theobald in his plans between now and January and beyond.
“When he got the news, obviously he was s devastated but the next day in training he worked very hard which to me shows the character and personality he brings to Dempo.
He's a great person on and off the field and for that reason I asked the chairman to keep him on board because he's central to my plans,” Colaco said.
Club president Srinivas Dempo added “ Densill is a knowledgeable and experience player. You can see he has the experience of playing in a World Cup based on how he looked in the two friendly games so far.
He’s humble and I like that about him. He shows respect and love to all of us here and we are giving him that back in return. His family isn’t over but he’s always in a good mood. When the coach asked me for us to keep him at the club it was an easy decision for me to take.”
Theobald, a past T&T captain, has scored two goals in four matches for Dempo so far.