JOHANNESBURG – The Premier Soccer League (PSL) have questioned the decision taken on Wednesday morning by their own Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) to allow Ajax Cape Town striker Tendai Ndoro to be available for selection, even though the club had clearly violated Fifa rules by fielding him recently.
Ndoro joined the Urban Warriors this month, making the outfit from the Mother City his third of the season.
The Zimbabwean began the 2017-18 campaign with Orlando Pirates, playing in their opening game against Chippa United in August, before being sold to Al-Faisaly of Saudi Arabiaprior to the close of the transfer window.
Fifa rules are clear – a player can join up to three clubs in one season, but can only don the jersey of two of those teams.
When Ndoro made his Ajax debut in a 3-1 win over Platinum Stars 11 days ago, the Urban Warriors became his third club, thereby defying the world governing body rulebook.
Ajax, who coincidentally host Pirates tonight, tweeted with excitement on Wednesday morning that Ndoro had been given the green light by the DRC to be eligible to play again.
The PSL Dispute Resolution Chamber has ruled in favour of Ajax Cape Town and Tendai Ndoro.
The Zimbabwe international has been declared eligible for selection. #WeAreAjaxCT 🔴 pic.twitter.com/XMLiZBbj8j
The club had been in hot water and had decided against using the player in their previous match against Free State Stars last week.
But the PSL released their own statement, in essence – and quite embarrassingly – disputing the call by their own dispute resolution wing to grant Ajax permission to use Ndoro, possibly as soon as tonight against Pirates at the Cape Town Stadium.
“This morning, the PSL DRC issued a declaration order which cleared Mr Ndoro to play for Ajax Cape Town,” the league’s statement read. “The PSL respects the decision of the DRC, but disagrees with it. Consequently, the league will be taking the decision on appeal.”
Ajax could be docked all three points they clinched against Platinum Stars because Ndoro played in that game.
He also featured in the derby against Cape Town City a few days later, but the Urban Warriors were beaten 1-0 by their neighbours.
If that is the case, which looks likely now that the PSL are taking them on, Ajax would face an uphill battle in avoiding relegation as they have been struggling to move up the table so far this season, and rehired Muhsin Ertugral in December to replace out-of-sorts coach Stanley Menzo.