Ajax Cape Town prepare for play-offs amid Tendai Ndoro relegation case
Posted: 6 June 2018 Time: 10:20
The Ajax Cape Town squad will reassemble two weeks earlier than originally scheduled as the Cape club cling to their slim hopes of top-flight football next season.
The Urban Warriors have been involved in a lengthy court battle over the past three months as they look to preserve their 15th–place finish in the Absa Premiership standings – their initial season-ending berth prior to being docked points for matches in which ineligible striker Tendai Ndoro was fielded.
Ajax will again be in court on 14 and 15 June as they seek a review of arbitrator William Mokhari’s SC docked-points ruling, and while waiting for their fate to be decided off the pitch, the players will be readying themselves for a favourable ruling by cutting short their off-season break.
“We don’t stop doing what we need to do, but we need to be cautious in decisions,” Ajax CEO Ari Efstathiou tells KickOff.com. “The team will regroup for training on the 10th, which is 10-14 days before we would’ve in case we need to play the play-offs earlier.”
Ajax have been given a potential boost in their court case bid following last week’s ruling involving ABC Motsepe League side Phiva Stars who also fielded an ineligible player and were docked points for their offense.
Stars’ initial points tally for those matches was deducted, yet points were not awarded to their opponents as was the case with Ajax’s fixtures, where SuperSport United, Polokwane City and Platinum Stars benefitted, thus the Urban Warriors will hope the same ruling will be considered in their review of the arbitrator’s decision.
Meanwhile, Efstathiou said that decisions on players will only finalised after hearing the outcome of the review next week, but insists the club will still be active in the market as they look to bolster their squad.
“Obviously only after the review we’ll make final decisions regarding playing staff,” he said. “But we’re definitely still in the market looking to strengthen the squad.”