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Axed Ajax finally reach agreement with PSL

2019-02-07 10:07
Ajax Cape Town CEO Ari Efstathiou (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town have finally reached an agreement with the Premier Soccer League (PSL), but the details are scarce.

The Cape Town-based franchise was relegated at the end of the 2017/2018 season after they were docked log points for breaking FIFA regulations. The club fielded Zimbabwe international Tendai Ndoro, but it was his third club of the campaign, which breaks the regulations. Ajax finished the season last as a result.

However, the club claims they were given permission to play Ndoro by the PSL’s Dispute Resolution Chamber. After initiating the legal battle, Ajax have decided to cut their losses and focus on winning the National First Division.

Ajax CEO Ari Efstathiou revealed more.

"I cannot disclose any details, but we have settled with the league," he told TimesLIVE.

"We still think what happened is completely unfair, but ultimately, by the time we had been through the legal process, even if we were successful, we might be back in the premiership in any event.

"So then you are talking about a damages claim and you start the whole thing all over again. You might win the war, but can you imagine the costs? We decided to rather take those funds and put them into trying to win promotion.

"They cannot put us in the play-offs, it is not practical, and by then we might be back in the premiership in any event. So what are we fighting on for?"

 

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