Ninth place means a big money loss for AmaZulu Photo: Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

DURBAN – AmaZulu are contemplating legal action in their attempt to fight their way back into the top eight.

Usuthu lost R1,5 million after they missed out on qualifying for the MTN 8. The KwaZulu-Natal giants initially finished eighth and automatically qualified for the top eight competition.

Usuthu were going to pocket R1 million for finishing in the top eight and R800 000 for participating in the MTN 8 knockout cup.

This changed Tuesday when Ajax Cape Town were found guilty of fielding Tendai Ndoro against Polokwane City, SuperSport United and Platinum Stars.

City, SuperSport and Platinum Stars were all handed three points as they all protested against the Urban Warriors’ decision to field Ndoro against them.

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

The extra points for SuperSport meant that they leapfrogged AmaZulu into the top half while the Durban outfit slipped down to ninth place.

Usuthu’s team manager Qedi Dlamini made it clear that they would not give up without a fight.

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“We will be challenging the decision. We will get advice 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.

“How can this happen? I thought that the league was 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,” said Dlamini as he appealed for fairness.

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

The Mercury

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