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South Gauteng High Court rules in favour of Ajax Cape Town

11:09 BST 02/07/2018
Muhsin Ertugral, Mpumalanga Black Aces
The Urban Warriors will remain in the PSL until Fifa PSC, whom Judge Fischer said they have the jurisdiction, rules otherwise

The South Gauteng High Court has ruled in favour of Ajax Cape Town in the matter involving Tendai Ndoro and their subsequent relegation to the National First Division.

The Ikamva-based outfit approached the High Court soon after the South African Football Association (Safa) arbitrator, Advocate William Mokhari SC, ruled that they be docked points. 

Adv. Mokhari's verdict saw Ajax forfeit seven points which resulted in them being relegated to the lower division after finishing 16th, three points behind Platinum Stars who moved to 15th position after the initial ruling.

Ajax's filed an urgent application for the court to review and set aside Adv. Mokhari's ruling. 

Their application was heard on June 14 and 15, 2018 where they presented their case before Judge Denise Fisher. 

After initially reserving her judgement, Fisher returned on Monday, July 02 to deliver what was a sucker punch to both the PSL and Safa as Ajax Cape Town were reinstated to the elite league.

Fisher said neither the PSL nor Safa had the jurisdiction over the Ajax/Ndoro matter, and referred it back to Fifa Player's Status Committee (PSC). 

The South Gauteng High Court ruling means the promotion/relegation play-off results are null and void until Fifa PSC makes a final decision, while Ajax regain the seven points that were taken from them by Adv. Mokhari.  

This also means Black Leopards' promotion back to the PSL is also under the spotlight, while AmaZulu return to the top eight at the expense of SuperSport United, who sneaked in after the initial ruling by Adv. Mokhari. 

Black Leopards are expected launch a court application of their own in order to avoid the possible replay of the promotion/relegation play-offs, and should they do that, this could delay the start of the of the 2018/19 PSL season. 

The league has already announced that the new season will kick-off on the weekend of the 3rd/4th August 2018, and with just a month left, it remains to be seen if the matter will be finalised in time.

The PSL could still appeal Judge Fisher's ruling which could drag the matter even further. 

On Monday afternoon, the PSL released a statement confirming that it would study the judgement before making any pronouncements on the matter. 

Meanwhile, Ajax CEO Ari Efstathiou expressed his delight at Judge Fisher's ruling.  

“Ajax Cape Town are naturally very pleased with Judge Fisher’s ruling to set aside Advocate Mokhari’s award," said Efstathiou. 

“The club will make further comment once full clarity on Judge Fisher’s judgement is received from its legal team,” he added.