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Fulham's Dikgacoi gets UK permit

By Piers Edwards
BBC Sport, Johannesburg

Kagiso Dikgacoi in action against Brazil
Dikgacoi played all South Africa's games at the Confederations Cup

South Africa midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi has joined English Premier League side Fulham on Thursday after finally receiving his UK work permit.

The 24-year-old agreed a deal with Fulham earlier this month but missed the start of the season due to problems getting a work permit.

The UK demands that players from outside the European Union represent a country in the world's top 70.

South Africa have slipped from 70 to 72 in recent months delaying the process.

"It's taken a long time to achieve", Dikgacoi's agent Mike Makaab told BBC Sport.

"He is very, very excited about joining the Premier League."

The South African international trained with his former Premier Soccer League side Golden Arrows to maintain his fitness.

Dikgacoi represented the Durban club for four years, but now faces his greatest challenge, according to his agent.

"Fulham are an extremely competitive team, as they showed last year, and Kagiso is going to have to work extremely hard to show the technical staff he deserves to be there," Makaab said.

"He's done very well with his fitness during this period because he's trained with Arrows but he's also done a lot of work on his own.

"It will probably take him a short while to get back to a top level but we are quietly confident that he will do very well."

Dikgacoi, who must depose either Danny Murphy or Dickson Etuhu for a place in Fulham's starting line-up, played in every South Africa match during June's Confederations Cup.

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