Highlands Park do not want a repeat of the Ajax Cape Town/Nodoro saga. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

JOHANESBURG – Highlands Park are awaiting confirmation from Safa and the Premier Soccer League regarding the eligibility of striker Tendai Ndoro to play.

The Zimbabwean was at the centre of a registration storm last season at Ajax Cape Town after the Urban Warriors became his third club of the 2017-18 campaign, which was against world governing body Fifa’s rules.

As punishment for fielding Ndoro, Ajax were docked nine points – and subsequently relegated – for the three games the player featured in.

Having revived his career after he cut ties with Ajax by joining Highlands last week, his new club is taking no chances about his pending clearance.  

“I can tell you what I was told by management, and that is we are waiting for an official letter to say what his status is. We have heard through the grapevine that he has been suspended for two games, but we have to know that for sure,” said coach Owen da Gama following his side’s goalless draw against Kaizer Chiefs on Tuesday.

Tendai Ndoro in action for Ajax Cape Town in January this year. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Tendai Ndoro in action for Ajax Cape Town in January this year. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

“We can’t just jump the gun. We have got to wait and see what the outcome is from Safa, but he is training and he is no fire. It is up to him to take the chance. We believe this is a bit of a step backwards for him because of the calibre of teams that wanted him, but the player chose to come here. 

Nobody can really say what the future holds, but his attitude at training has been spot on, even when he knows he’s not going to play soon. We are here to support him fully and show him all the confidence that we can give him.”


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