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Ajax Cape Town coach Muhsin Ertugral weighs in on Tendai Ndoro controversy

Posted: 1 February 2018 Time: 08:25

Muhsin Ertugral stands by his decision to field Tendai Ndoro against Orlando Pirates amid the controversy surrounding the striker’s registration, saying Ajax Cape Town have done nothing wrong.

Having contravened FIFA laws in turning out for three different clubs this season, Ndoro attended a hearing with the PSL’s Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC), who on Wednesday gave the Urban Warriors the green light to continue utilising their new forward.

Shortly after that ruling, the PSL sent out a statement indicating they would appeal the decision, while Ajax’s league opponents Pirates also lodged a complaint, before going on to suffer a 3-0 loss at Cape Town Stadium.

Ndoro was included in the starting line-up, and played the full 90 minutes for the Cape club, with coach Ertugral defending his selection, having taken the decision based on the DRC's ruling.

“It was clear that they told me to go ahead,” he said after the game. “I got the go-ahead, so that’s what I did. “Obviously they [the PSL and Pirates] have a right to appeal, and we’ll see what comes out of it, but I had the go-ahead from my side.”

Ertugral feels Ajax are innocent of any wrongdoing, and believes the ruling regarding players returning from unsuccessful stints abroad needs to be revised.

“At the moment it’s out of our hands as we await the outcome of the appeal,” he started. “In my opinion, let me say it like this: there is a player who plays in the country, then goes to another outside country – so there is a very clear line there that talks about overlapping. He then comes back, to another club, meaning he is playing under one roof for two clubs, under one federation – so the same roof, but two clubs. But he has come from a different environment.

“You can go overseas, go to Asia, not make it there, but then if you can’t come back, you will be out of football completely for a year. So that should be thought out properly, and I think the federation thought that way too, to allow us [to use Ndoro].

“In the end, it wasn’t my decision, but it was told to us that we could use him. And I couldn’t wait to use him.”

Ajax’s victory sees them remain in 15th, but five points clear of bottom-placed Platinum Stars ahead of their trip to 12th-placed Polokwane City on Sunday.

Article by: Fabio De Dominicis
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