JOHANNESBURG – The Johannesburg High Court on Tuesday afternoon dismissed an application brought by Ajax Cape Town to review the decision of Advocate Nazeer Cassim SC, which ruled that the Premier Soccer League’s Dispute Resolution Chamber had no jurisdiction to decide on the eligibility of Tendai Ndoro to play.
Ndoro joined the Urban Warriors in January from Saudi Arabia club Al Faisaly, but this was his third club in a single season, having featured for Orlando Pirates back in August at the start of the campaign before he was sold.
World football governing body Fifa do not allow for players to play for more than two clubs in a single season, although they can be registered with the understanding that they will be involved only in the following campaign.
The league’s DRC initially ruled that Ndoro can carry on playing for Ajax when the saga was first brought to its attention, but the PSL challenged that ruling and referred it to Safa for arbitration.
Cassim then sought Fifa’s intervention, and advised that the club not use Ndoro for the time being.
But Fifa surprisingly sent the matter back to South Africa for a final decision, while Ajax rushed to court, where Judge David Unterhalter dismissed their case on Tuesday – meaning it’s now back to square one.
Ndoro has already played in four matches for Ajax and now the Urban Warriors, who are desperately looking to avoid relegation with three matches to go, risk being docked points from those games and being charged with bringing the league into disrepute for dragging a football matter to court.