Cape Town - Orlando Pirates administrative officer Floyd Mbele believes the club's protest over Ajax Cape Town striker Tendai Ndoro won't affect preparations for Saturday's Nedbank Cup tie.
The Sea Robbers have filed an official protest with the Premiership if Ndoro features as the Zimbabwe star has played for three different clubs in 2017/18, which seemingly goes against FIFA rules.
The PSL's Dispute Resolution Chamber ruled recently that the forward could play although the league has since appealed the decision of their own DRC. Nonetheless, Mbele takes the view that the issue with the former Pirates star would not distract preparations for this weekend's game.
He told Soccer Laduma: "We’ve had over a week to prepare for this game so we are ready.
“With regards to our protest over the fielding of Ndoro, FIFA rules are there to dictate and govern how football is played and managed, and that where our protest stems from. There was a clear contravening of the rules.
"I want to assure the Pirates supporters that this will have no bearing on Saturday’s game. Our preparations are going as scheduled. We can’t pre-empt things, the only thing we can do is prepare for the match."Pirates will host the Urban Warriors on Saturday with the action set to get under from 20:15 at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.