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Ari Efstathiou fears Ajax Cape Town/Tenda Ndoro case is far from over regardless of current court outcome

Posted: 16 June 2018 Time: 12:00

Ajax Cape Town boss Ari Efstathiou is optimistic over their chances of hearing a favourable outcome from the court, but feels the Tendai Ndoro case could well drag on.

After two full days of hearing submissions from the respective parties involved, Judge Denise Fisher of the South Gauteng High Court adjourned proceedings late on Friday afternoon and announced that judgement had been reserved.

With Ajax’s legal counsel Advocate Norman Arendse SC having had the final say in the counter-argument, Efstathiou, who has been present in court throughout the entire saga, was pleased with their presentations before the judge on Thursday and Friday, and understood her decision to postpone her verdict.

“I think we made very good points in our arguments, we just need one of the five or six points to stick and we’re back in,” Efstathiou tells KickOff.com.

“Obviously the judge needs a bit of time to understand the soccer world, and I think that’s the difficult part. 

“I wouldn’t question her at all to be fair, but it’s quite difficult and daunting on everybody to follow the soccer rules, even when you’re involved in soccer. And now for somebody that’s not it becomes even harder.

“But, after these two days, I think she got to a point where she started understanding everything, so let’s see what the judgement says. Hopefully it won’t be too long – I’m hoping a week or so.”

Regardless of what Judge Fisher’s outcome will be, Efstathiou believes the matter will likely drag on as it is bound to leave one or more parties unhappy, while adding that it would be within the league’s best interest to come to a suitable solution for all involved.

“We need this judgement sooner rather than later, and then there’s obviously two sides to it - if it goes well then we’ll see what the other side does; if it doesn’t go well then we must decide on what we’re going to do,” he adds.

“But somehow I have a feeling that this is not going to be the end of this case. I think there’s too many interests involved, and the decision on sorting this out sits with the NSL.

“I think there is a solution. If they want it, they just need to make that decision. But, I don’t want to go into that. Any decision that will cause a party any dissatisfaction could create further court appearances with everyone [involved].

“But, I think there is solutions to avoid all that and we can then get going with football again, and the league can start on time [next season].”

Article by: Chad Klate (@CKlatey)
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