PSL: Ajax, Ndoro saga unpacked

PSL: Ajax, Ndoro saga unpacked

Mokhari forfeited three matches - wins against Platinum Stars and SuperSport United‚ and a draw against Polokwane City - in favour of Ajax's opponents as he ruled that the club was the third Ndoro had played for this season‚ in contravention of Federation Internationale de Football Association regulations.

Ndoro has also played for Orlando Pirates and Saudi Arabian club Al-Faisaly in the 2017-18 season‚ but Ajax maintain there were extenuating circumstances‚ including that the player was not paid for some months by the Saudis.

Due to the deduction of points, the Cape Town side finishes 16th in the 16-team South African Premier League, and are automatically relegated.

Platinum Stars‚ who were initially relegated‚ move up to 15th and will contest the PSL/National First Division promotion and relegation play-offs against Black Leopards and Jomo Cosmos.

"Ajax Cape Town are now consulting with their legal team regarding William Mokhari SC's arbitration ruling released this morning", the club revealed on Twitter. The PSL charged Ajax with using a player who had already played for two different clubs previously in a single season.

Ajax then made it public that they will be heading to High Court in Johannesburg.

"Among other issues‚ the club will seek to interdict the promotion playoffs from commencing [today] at 3pm".

There were four other matches in which a protest was lodged in regards with Ndoro and Ajax were fined R50 000 for each game.

This means that Ajax drop from 31 to 24 points in the Absa Premisership, as they lose the seven points they gained from matches against Platinum Stars, Polokwane and SuperSports United. "The Arbitrator also heard an appeal by Polokwane City FC against the fielding of Mr Ndoro in their match as well as a protest by SuperSport United".

Ajax can still appeal the ruling with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Ajax Cape Town's high court application has been adjourned.

"Ajax Cape Town are now consulting with their legal team regarding (arbitrator) William Mokhari SC's arbitration ruling released this morning".

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