SA PSL to appeal Ndoro ruling

The Tendai Ndoro saga just won’t end, it would seem, with the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) announcing that it would appeal the ruling by Judge Denise Fisher to reinstate Ajax Cape Town back into the Absa Premiership.

By sportBrief Reporter

The Zimbabwean forward, who was released by Ajax Cape Town after the club had been docked points for “illegally” fielding the player (though later on successfully appealing the ruling) is back in the headlines again.

After the Urban Warriors had been penalised for fielding Ndoro, who had previously played for two other different teams in that season alone thus exceeding the limit of no more than two teams, they were deducted points and in the process relegated from the league.

However, Ajax refused to go down without a fight as they lodged an appeal which was successful with Judge Fisher ruling over the matter, a development which ultimately led to the club being reinstated back into the premier league.

Fisher referred the eligibility of striker Tendai Ndoro – over which Ajax had effectively been relegated – to the FIFA Players Status Committee.

However, after the National Soccer League (NSL) Board of Governors held a meeting on Thursday, the soccer body at a press conference announced it has approved a decision to appeal the decision that cleared Ajax Cape Town, while also confirming that the league is set to kick off in the first weekend of August.

“We had a board meeting and we reached a unanimous decision that no matter what happens the league will start on the August 3/4,” Irvin Khoza said.

“We are still appealing the decision made by Judge Fisher to set aside Advocate Mokhari’s decision,” he added.

The PSL’s legal adviser said Judge Fisher’s decision was simply wrong because Ndoro’s transfer to Ajax Cape Town was via the international route.

“We have been proactive and have asked for an urgent date to have this matter heard in court before the league starts next month.

“We haven’t discussed the final log standings and playoffs just yet because the legitimacy issue needs to be sorted out first,” Khoza added.

The PSL’s executive committee met in Parktown on July 5 to discuss the way forward with the matter now set to go through another appeals process.

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