Relegated Platinum Stars bank on Tendai Ndoro lifeline
Posted: 30 April 2018 Time: 17:00
The Tendai Ndoro saga gives Platinum Stars a glimmer of hope that they may yet have their automatic relegation overturned, according to Dikwena goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela.
The PSL is facing a conundrum in making a decision on the eligibility of Ndoro after the Zimbabwean striker played for three clubs in one season, which is against the rules of world football governing body FIFA.
This comes after FIFA failed to make a ruling and referred the matter back to South Africa's authorities to handle. The league was later advised through arbitration that the case should be ruled on by FIFA as it includes an international team.
Stars were relegated from the PSL after losing 2-1 to AmaZulu last week, as it left them out of reach of second-from-bottom Ajax Cape Town.
Ndoro played for Orlando Pirates before joining Al Faisaly in August, but he left the Saudi side six months later due to alleged non-payment of his salary. Earlier this year he joined Ajax, who are hoping his payment issues will work in his favour when his eligibility is ultimately decided.
The 32-year-old has played in seven league matches for Ajax, notably scoring on his debut in a 3-1 win against Dikwena in Cape Town on January.
In those games Ajax collected 10 points, which could be at risk of being docked. Stars are 10 points behind the Urban Warriors heading into their final match of the season against Bidvest Wits at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on May 12.
"We’ll always have hope and the coach [Roger de Sa] has motivated us not to give up because if we get three points [against Wits] and 10 points are deducted from Ajax Cape Town we've got a chance,” Mzimela said.
“So we still got the hope. But for now we can’t be looking elsewhere. We are still facing this issue and then once we see that we are down to the National First Division it’ll be up to us on what is next going forward when it comes to salaries, and many other things.”