Absa Premiership

Khoza: Ndoro should have checked his own eligibility

2018-07-17 11:19
Irvin Khoza (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Premier Soccer League chairman Irvin Khoza has blamed Tendai Ndoro for the ongoing saga over his alleged ineligibility to play for Ajax Cape Town during the 2017/18 season.

Ndoro joined Ajax midway through the campaign, having previously represented Orlando Pirates and Al-Faisaly. This raised eyebrows within the Premiership, as some felt he had violated a FIFA rule by representing his third club in the same season.

A ruling by SAFA arbitrator William Mokhari that Ajax should effectively be relegated to the National First Division was set aside by judge Denise Fisher at the South Gauteng High Court, as she ruled that only FIFA had jurisdiction over the matter.

However, the PSL is set to appeal against this.

"Ndoro could have resolved this matter if he had gone to the FIFA Players' Status Committee first to clarify his position," Khoza said, addressing the media.

"On the issue of Judge Fisher, we are saying that the way it comes across as is that all matters that have got an international dimension must first go to FIFA before they are resolved (locally).

"Imagine if we got matters of 20 people who are affected and had an international dimension. It means their matters must first go to FIFA before they are resolved.

"The crux of the matter here is that Ndoro could have resolved this matter if he went to the FIFA Players' Status Committee first to clarify his position."

The dispute has left the starting date of the 2018/19 PSL season in doubt, with Ajax reportedly threatening to interdict the PSL if they continue with their plans to resume business as usual.

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