Ajax Cape Town believe they have done nothing wrong in fight for PSL survival over Tendai Ndoro saga
Posted: 18 July 2018 Time: 14:00
Ajax Cape Town believe they’ve played by the rules throughout the Tendai Ndoro saga, yet admit that they would have done things differently in hindsight.
The drawn-out process has continued in the off-season, with the latest update being the PSL’s Board of Governors' decision to ratify the PSL’s Executive Committee’s choice to appeal South Gauteng High Court Judge Denise Fisher’s judgement, which set aside SAFA Arbitrator William Mokhari SC’s ruling that had relegated Ajax to the National First Division.
Yet Ajax boss Ari Efstathiou insists he club did nothing wrong from the time the PSL Dispute Resolution Chamber cleared Ndoro to play, and did not field him amid the debate over his illegibility.
“We’ve always felt we’ve done everything according to the rules,” Efstathiou said. “The reason we played Ndoro is only because we were given permission by the DRC. When we were told not to play Ndoro, at the Free State Stars game, we didn’t. And when the DRC’s decision was set aside, we stopped playing him.
“So we felt we’ve done nothing wrong, we’ve kept by the rules and were vindicated by Judge Fisher's judgement. We are now 15th in the league, and are entitled to play in the play-offs. We are not asking for anything more than that.”
Looking back, though, Efstathiou concedes the club would have done things differently, yet feels the League was unhelpful when Ndoro initially joined the Cape club.
“We slipped up in the rule, as did the NSL, and I will say that quite openly because the reason this came up was because SuperSport, who tried to register Lebogang Manyama in the league, were warned not to register him because he had played for two clubs already,” Efstathiou reveals. “We weren’t offered that option, we weren’t guided by the League, instead we were issued a card. So possibly, if we knew, we wouldn’t have [used him], but I think the League would have done exactly the same.
“In hindsight, I think one would have done things differently, yes.”
Ajax have now taken steps to oppose the PSL’s application of leave to appeal Judge Fischer’s decision, while also seeking an interdict to postpone the start of the 2018/19 league season.