With the Premier Soccer League executive committee yet to decide on what will happen regarding the outcome of the South Gauteng High Court decision, Black Leopards find themselves in a precarious situation.
This comes from the fact that the court ruled in favour of Ajax Cape Town in the Tendai Ndoro saga where the club were previously docked points and automatically demoted to the National First Division (NFD).
Following South African Football Association’s Arbitrator William Mokhari SC initial decision to dock points, Judge Denise Fisher ruled in favour of the Mother City-based on Monday.
The decision to reinstate Ajax's 15th place finish by Judge Fisher meant Mokhari’s ruling was set aside while also referring the matter of Ndoro’s eligibility over to the FIFA Players’ Status Committee.
Moreover, the PSL/NFD play-offs, which were won by Lidoda Duvha, have been made null and void with the league issued a statement acknowledging the decision by the court.
On the other hand, Leopards announced new members of the technical team and new players on Wednesday as they plan for life in the top flight.
However, despite the uncertainty, former Leopards coach Zeca Marques has encouraged the club to continue planning for the new season.
Speaking exclusively to Goal, Marques revealed that the only solution to the saga would be to expand the league to 18 teams.
“Yeah look, they must just carry on planning for the new season because my feeling is that they can extend the league to 18 teams and that is the only solution now,” Marques told Goal.
“I think it is right to plan for the new season because if they decide to stop and then things change again overnight, they will be caught off guard,” continued the coach.
“They can negotiate special contracts with the players because this is not their fault to be honest, I think to make everyone happy and be fair, 18 teams is the way to go,” asserted the coach.
“It can happen because it happened before and there are many leagues around the world with 18-20 clubs,” said the former Moroka Swallows boss.
“Maybe a plan on how many games have to be played during the week and on weekends can be ideal so that everyone is accommodated,” continued Marques.
“The key word here must be fairness and I just hope everyone will set their egos and arrogance aside and let the game benefit – fair play will be very important in any decision the league decides on,” urged the coach.
“I think this should have been sorted and avoided a long time because you ask yourself how did Ajax register the player when the rules are there,” quizzed the former Santos coach.
“The policies are there, they should have stopped the club from registering the player immediately when it was done right at the source,” responded the former Leopards tactician.
“It is now complicated and difficult to solve and this will hurt the sponsors and our brand which is one of the best in the world, why did someone bypass the rules when they are there,” asked Marques.
“Yes, it now goes back to credibility of the country, the organisation and there is no secret when it comes to the rules because there is social media today, everybody knows these things and to see such shenanigans is not good,” added the mentor.
“This also goes back to answer why the supporters do not come to the stadiums anymore, the organisation is not up to standard and from a sponsors perspective, this will hurt the league,” said the 56-year-old.
“Everything is in disarray, but let’s see what the league will decide on and I am looking forward to see Leopards in the PSL next season and they must keep the eye on the ball,” concluded the coach.