South African Premiership side Ajax Cape Town have been relegated after being found guilty of fielding an ineligible player, Tendai Ndoro.
By SportBrief Reporter
Ajax have effectively been relegated by a decision from arbiter William Mokhari SC that they acted wrongfully in playing Zimbabwe striker Tendai Ndoro earlier this season.
The South Africa Football Association (Safa) ruled that Ajax should forfeit three matches that the Zimbabwean appeared in. That decision has seen the Urban Warriors lose the points they had gained from those matches therefore falling to the bottom of the log and being automatically relegated.
Ajax is the third club that Ndoro has played for this season, having also been with Orlando Pirates and Al Faisaly in Saudi Arabia, contrary to Fifa regulations.
Initially, Safa had ruled that the Zimbabwean international could continue playing for Ajax, but after Orlando Pirates had reported the issue to FIFA, the South African association have since reversed that decision.
In response the South African club announced on social media that “is preparing papers to be filed urgently before the high court in Johannesburg for the matter to be heard tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at 10am.
“The club will seek to interdict the promotion playoffs from commencing on Wednesday 16th May at 3pm,” said the statement.
The Safa ruling means Ajax drop to 24 points as they lose the seven points they gained in three matches against Platinum Stars, Polokwane and SuperSport United.
Platinum Stars originally finished bottom of the league but the points they gain from Ajax’s forfeiture lifts them to 27. In January Ndoro scored the final goal in Ajax’s 3-1 win over Platinum, a result that has been reversed to earn Platinum a reprieve.
In the other matches Ajax originally drew 1-1 with Polokwane and beat SuperSport United 2-0. Platinum Stars now have the opportunity to contest in the promotion/relegation playoffs with Jomo Cosmos and Black Leopards, which start on Wednesday.
Ajax have also been fined for a further four matches in which they have fielded Ndoro in while the Zimbabwean international has also been suspended for two games by Safa.