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Ajax Cape Town explain the release of striker Tendai Ndoro

Posted: 19 July 2018 Time: 17:30

Ajax Cape Town chairman Ari Efstathiou has revealed the reasons behind the release of striker Tendai Ndroro, insisting it was an amicable agreement.

The Urban Warriors have been embroiled in what has been widely described as ‘Ndorogate’, with the Zimbabwean’s registration and eligibility the ultimate cause of Ajax’s docked points which has relegated them into the National First Division, a ruling which they are still currently fighting in the courts.

The club went to great lengths to secure the former Orlando Pirates striker’s signature at Muhsin Ertugral’s request, with his arrival in January a cause for much excitement at Ikamva.

Yet after one goal in eight games for the Cape club, and amid the ongoing controversy which saw him excluded from a number of match day squads thereafter, Ndoro's departure from Ajax was announced last month, despite being at the club for less than six months.

Ajax boss Efstathiou has since explained that various factors pointed towards a decision to let the Zimbabwean go.

“It was easy: we had an option to extend his contract, which was a two-year arrangement with him,” Efstathiou said. “As you can understand, he was an expensive player and a foreigner. We had to make that decision and look at both sides: in the NFD, you can only use three foreigners, and frankly we’d have to take a third of our TV allowance that we’d be given in the NFD to pay Ndoro.

“He was also 32, turning 33, so everything was pointing more to release him than to hold on to him. It wasn’t something we wanted to do; I had a personal chat with him and he agreed as well that it would probably be best for him to leave.

“So it was a mutual agreement, and a carefully thought-out process, not an instinctive thing."

It has been rumoured that Ndoro looks set for a stay in the PSL, with Kaizer Chiefs, Bidvest Wits and SuperSport United reportedly interested in his services.

Article by: Fabio De Dominicis
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