AmaZulu players react after losing an Absa Premiership match during the recently-concluded season. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

JOHANNESBURG - AmaZulu are considering pursuing legal action in their attempt to fight their way back in to the top eight of the Absa Premiership.

Usuthu are set to lose R1,8 million for missing out on the MTN 8, despite finishing in eigtht place on the table to automatically qualify for the tournament.

The Durban club were going to pocket a R1 million for their league position and a further R800 000 for participating in the MTN 8 quarterfinals.

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However, this all changed on Tuesday when a PSL arbitration hearing found Ajax Cape Town guilty for fielding an ineligible player, striker Tendai Ndoro, in matches against Polokwane City, SuperSport United and Platinum Stars.

As results they were docked nine points, which saw the club slip from second last on the table to 16th and subsequntly relegated.

Platinum Stars moved up one place from the foot of the log and were given the lifeline of campaigning in the PSL promotional/relegation play-offs in place of the Cape team.

City, SuperSport and Dikwena were all handed three points as they all protested against the Urban Warriors' decision to field Ndoro in these matches. 

Ndoro played for three teams in one season, something that is against the Fifa rules.  

SuperSport finished their 30 league outings on 36 points and the maximum points meant that they leapfrog AmaZulu .

Usuthu's team manager, Qedi Dlamini, made it clear that they will not give up without a fight.

"We will be challenging the decision. We will get advise from our lawyers. We won all our points in the field of play not off the field. I'm not speaking about those who got relegated," Dlamini said. 

"How can this happen. I thought that the league were going to use other means to deal with this matter. Why are we compromised? We will try and fight this battle. We will leave all in our lawyers' (hands)." 

Usuthu are now 9th on the log which means they will receive R750 000. 

IOL Sport

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