Ajax Cape Town is the third team Tendai Ndoro has signed for this season but under the FIFA rules he can only play for two teams in a season. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Ajax Cape Town coach Muhsin Ertugral isn’t afraid of the ramifications that might come from fielding Tendai Ndoro who is on his third club in the same season.

The Fifa rules state that a player can sign for three clubs in one season but can only play for two. Ndoro started the season at Orlando Pirates before going to play for Saudi Arabian side Al Faisaly and then re-united with Ertugral at the Urban Warriors. 

Ajax were cleared to play the Zimbabwean by the Premier Soccer League’s Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC). 

But the PSL have appealed that decision and the matter will be heard this week. If the Urban Warriors lose the case, they could be docked six points as Pirates and Polokwane City played their matches against them under protest.  

“There is always an interpretation issue,” Ertugral said.

“It’s out of my hands. The PSL DRC has ruled (in our favour). Remember we spoke with the association and they told us not to use him against Free State Stars. We did that. Later on the DRC told us yes you can use him, so we have used him.

“Now we will see what will happen. It’s out of our hands. It’s in the hands of people, hopefully, I think they know what they are doing. 

“I think that there’s an interpretation issue. I also find this rule a bit strange. 

“If a player goes overseas and he doesn’t make it there after also playing here, then I think it shouldn’t be an issue that he plays for two clubs in the country he started at. It’s an interpretation issue that will be sorted out soon, hopefully.”

Ertugral’s return wasn’t as controversial as that of Ndoro but it did raise a few eyebrows. 

The Turkish coach said he was leaving the country for good after his controversial exit at Pirates that saw him resign on live television after SuperSport United thumped the Buccaneers 6-1.

“Yes, I was going for good and there were a couple of very interesting patterns and I wanted to stay for the World Cup because I have been in the committee there,” Ertugral said. 

“Obviously seeing the club (struggling), I didn’t think twice about coming here to help.

“Tricky or not, I think that I have enough experience to lift the team and help the team. We had a chat with the chairman (Ari Efstathiou). I was happy that we get along together.

“We tried to find solutions on how we are going to save the club. Ajax – after Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns who are the locomotive of South African football – is home ground for breeding young players. 

“I didn’t think for a second when the chairman offered me the job. I was actually here on holiday, relaxing a bit, we had a chat and I was watching an Ajax game and I agreed to come here.”


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