Tendai Ndoro in action against Polokwane City. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

CAPE TOWN - With the promotion/playoffs scheduled to kick off next week, the PSL has suddenly decided the Tendai Ndoro matter has to be urgently addressed.

The case has dragged on for months with no resolution - and, rest assured, the scenario is still a complete mess and an embarrassment for the football industry. There’s no doubt it has been handled wrong right from the start, and this is where we are now.

It has gone through the Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC), an arbitration hearing, two court cases and, on two occasions, Fifa kicked the case back to South Africa.

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The crux of the case is that Zimbabwean striker Ndoro has played for three clubs this season. While it is against Fifa rules, there are extenuating circumstances to the Ndoro issue, which is why the DRC initially ruled that the striker could play.

PSL chief executive Mato Madlala has exercised her right to take the case directly to a second arbitration hearing, which is scheduled for Saturday. 

Usually, the parties in dispute have three arbitrators to choose from - but, because only one is available this week, the PSL wants Ajax to agree. But already that is problematic because the arbitrator Ajax have chosen is only available next week. So what now?

In any case, just to demonstrate how unreasonable the actions of the PSL are, Ajax are this week involved with preparations for the biggest game in the club’s history. 

Saturday they play Kaizer Chiefs at Cape Town Stadium, a game they must win to secure their PSL status. Are they trying to unsettle the Capetonians?

As it stands, everything is still up in the air as uncertainty, the stench of personal agendas and concrete chaos continue to hover over the PSL.

Cape Argus

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