Ajax Cape Town CEO Ari Efstathiou explains what the club wants out of the Tendai Ndoro saga
Posted: 26 July 2018 Time: 08:30
Ajax Cape Town CEO Ari Efstathiou has clarified what the club would like to get out of the ongoing Tendai Ndoro saga, and insists they have Ajax Amsterdam’s backing in the matter.
The protracted eligibility issue of Ndoro has dragged on for over five months since his controversial transfer from Saudi club Al Faisaly to The Urban Warriors.
While the Zimbabwean is currently a free agent after being released in June, the Mother City club have continued to contest their position in the domestic topflight.
Following Judge Denise Fischer’s ruling that set aside SAFA Arbitrator William Mokhari’s award which saw Ajax docked points and subsequently relegated, the club are now left to lodge an urgent application to interdict the start of the 2018/19 Absa Premiership season.
Their initial hearing at the South Gauteng High Court was scheduled for Monday, but the application was stood down until Thursday, after the League’s application for leave to appeal Judge Fischer’s judgment is heard.
Efstathiou has since made it clear what exactly Ajax are seeking out of all the back and forth, with the end of the matter still far from sight.
“We can’t get more than what we’re supposed to get. We can’t ask for anything else than being allowed to play in the play-offs, that’s our position,” stresses Efstathiou.
“If the play-offs can’t be played then we must look at the best alternative, and obviously that for us is to be in the PSL [premier division] but we cannot demand that.
“The only thing we can demand, based on Judge Fischer’s judgement, is to be 15th [on the 2017/18 log].”
Meanwhile, Ajax’s Amsterdam counterparts have hinted at their reluctance to continue their involvement in South Africa, but continue to support the club during the current crisis.
“Ajax is fully supportive of our process. Obviously we couldn’t have done this without them supporting us, we keep them informed on a daily basis,” add Efstathiou.
“To be frank, they’ve been very disappointed with what’s happened and at a stage they were contemplating their position, not with us but with being in South African football.
“But they’ve decided to stick with it and they’re fully supportive of the process.”