Court rules that play-offs must proceed

Ajax sought to have the play-offs halted following SAFA arbitrator Advocate William Mokhari’s ruling over the eligibility of striker Tendai Ndoro, which saw the Cape-based club docked points and subsequently relegated from the premier division.

The initial court hearing took place on Wednesday morning, a mere four hours before the kick-off of the first play-off fixture between Black Leopards and Platinum Stars.

Given the time constraints, Judge Keightley was unable to make a final ruling on the matter, and thus postponed her judgement until Friday – two days prior to the second play-off fixture between Jomo Cosmos and Leopards.

“To proceed to consider their [Ajax’s] application in these circumstances would not be in the general interest of all parties represented by the NSL [National Soccer League],” explained Judge Keightley.

Ajax, however, will still apply to the court to review and set aside the ruling of SAFA's arbitrator Mokhari, which, if successful, could still cause the play-offs to be stopped and subsequently replayed.

Judge Keightley has thus given the Cape-based club until 22 May 2018 to submit further papers to the court in order to proceed with their second appeal.

The parties involved will then have to write to the Deputy Judge President of the High Court to expedite the appeal and allocate a judge.