Fagrie Lakay, seen here keeping Kaizer Chiefs defender Siyabonga Ngezana at bay, is being courted by Maritzburg United. Photo: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA

As they await their PSL fate, Ajax Cape Town announced on Friday that they are letting five more players – including Fagrie Lakay – leave the Urban Warriors.

This comes a day after long-serving captain Travis Graham, who was left out of the first team for the past season, also ended his time at Ikamva.

Muhsin Ertugral and his team will find out on Monday whether they will be reinstated in the Absa Premiership.

Judge Denise Fisher will hand down her judgment in the South Gauteng High Court on whether to set aside the arbitration ruling of Advocate William Mokhari.

The ruling saw them automatically relegated to the NFD for fielding the ineligible Tendai Ndoro against Platinum Stars, SuperSport United and Polokwane City last season.

That saw those teams being awarded 3-0 victories and three log points each, and Ajax losing their log points.

Ajax are prepared to take the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) if they lose their case on Monday.

But ahead of that matter, Lakay (SuperSport United), Yannick Zakri, Siyanda Zwane, Rheece Evans (all Mamelodi Sundowns) and Tercious Malepe (Orlando Pirates) will go back to their parent clubs, as Ajax announced on Friday that their loan deals will end on Saturday, June 30.

Ndoro also didn’t have his contract renewed this week.

“Everyone at Ajax Cape Town would like to thank Fagrie, Yannick, Siyanda, Tercious and Rheece for their services to the club. The club will be making further announcements regarding player movements next week,” Ajax said on their website.

Lakay will return to SuperSport United, but Maritzburg United chairman Farook Kadodia has previously told IOL Sport that the Team of Choice have made an offer for the 21-year-old striker from Manenberg.

The latest player developments come a day after Graham took to Twitter to say his goodbyes to Ajax fans.

Yannick Zakri will be one of the Ajax Cape Town players returning to his parent club Mamelodi Sundowns. Photo: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA

He was left out of the first team for the entire season after expressing a desire to move and refusing to sign a contract extension.

“It’s been emotional roller-coaster for me, with many ups and downs over past 16 years. I am so grateful for the platform Ajax has given me to become a professional football player,” said the 25-year-old Graham, who has been previously linked with Wits and Cape Town City.

“I am thankful for all the things I’ve learnt during the time I’ve spent here at Ajax; sadly it’s time for me to say goodbye. Thank you to everyone that has played a huge part on my journey at Ajax, it’s been an honour to represent you, and I wish you all the best for the future.”

Ajax confirmed Graham’s departure: “Travis embodies all the Ajax Cape Town qualities and is not only a terrific midfielder, but person both on and off the pitch.

Everyone at Ajax Cape Town would like thank him for all the memories and dedication over the past 16 years. Farewell Travito.”

 

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