AmaZulu angered by top eight denial over 'Ndorogate'
Posted: 17 May 2018 Time: 15:10
AmaZulu general manager Lunga Sokhela feels hard done by after the club lost their ticket to the MTN8 following an arbitration ruling.
Usuthu thought they had finished eighth in the league after beating Cape Town City 1-0 in the last game of the season at Umlazi’s Princess Magogo Stadium.
But the PSL later announced Ajax had been docked points and relegated to the National First Division for fielding an ineligible player in Tendai Ndoro, who represented three clubs this season, in contravention of FIFA rules.
Ndoro played for Orlando Pirates before joining Al Faisaly in August last year, but cut short his stint in Saudi Arabia due to alleged non-payment of his salary.
The Zimbabwean then joined Ajax in the January transfer window.
With SAFA ruling against Ndoro and Ajax, the Urban Warriors saw their results with Platinum Stars, Polokwane City and SuperSport United be tallied as 3-0 defeats, resulting in them dropping to the bottom of the Absa Premiership table, and Stars taking their place in the play-offs with Black Leopards and Jomo Cosmos.
The reshuffle also saw SuperSport United rocket to seventh on the table, nudging Golden Arrows to eighth and AmaZulu to ninth.
“Obviously it’s a huge disappointment for us," Sokhela tells KickOff.com.
“You play the whole season, you win the games that you have to win and you draw the games you draw, and you accumulate the points that put you in the top eight, and later you are told, ‘you out!’
“I mean that’s how the ABC Motsepe League has been run, where you finish the season and then you are told there are court cases and there are games you have to play on the field. It’s unprecedented in the PSL what has happened.
“So obviously it’s a bitter pill to swallow because as far as we are concerned we did what we had to do; we came number eight, fair and square.
“Why now are we being involved in something in this case of Ajax and Platinum Stars and the league? We were not involved. Why must we be affected by it? It’s not fair.”
Sokhela adds that the Durban-based outfit will monitor Ajax's legal bid to interdict the play-offs, which kicked off on Wednesday with a 1-0 win for Leopards against Stars at Thohoyandou Stadium.
He adds: "So we are just gonna keep a close eye and then understand the facts, because right now the only information we’ve got is the information via the media.
“We don’t know why they came to that ruling. We don’t know the facts, we don’t know anything.
“So I told my legal team just to get all of that before we decide what we are going to do going forward. But in the meantime, we don’t really get involved in this application to postpone the play-offs.
“We want to know on what basis certain clubs were awarded three points with 3-0 win results.
“So we need to get the legal basis of that because that is what invariably affects us.”