Ajax Cape Town striker Tendai Ndoro has moved swiftly to appeal the ruling to stop him from playing for the Premier Soccer League (PSL).
The well-travelled marksman, who has turned out for for three clubs this season namely – Orlando Pirates, Saudi Arabian club Al-Faisaly and Ajax.
As a result, Ndoro contravened Fifa’s regulations on the status and transfer of players.
The former Mpumalanga Black Aces forward has brought an urgent court interdict against arbitrator Nassir Cassim’s decision to bar him from playing pending the outcome of his eligibility case.
Ndoro, who hails from Zimbabwe, made an appeal at the Johannesburg High Court to hear the matter urgently.
It has been set down for Tuesday and Ajax are set to face AmaZulu in a Premier Soccer League (PSL) match on the same day.
According to City Press, Cassim ruled that, “pending the outcome of a decision by Fifa, Ndoro should not play any further fixtures for Ajax in the league”.
Ndoro is keen to play in the encounter which will be played at the King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium in Durban.
“The inability to play this match cannot be undone after the fact. I am an integral part of the Ajax squad and preventing me from playing could cause irrevocable consequences for Ajax. Should Ajax lose or draw the game, then that result cannot be undone in the future. What is more, Ajax faces relegation and needs every point it can get in its remaining games this season. My right to work is under threat,” Ndoro said in his application.
“This application essentially concerns whether a dispute [about] my status, [which] has been lawfully, equitably and constitutionally resolved by the Dispute Resolution Chamber," he continued.
“What is in question is my ability to play for Ajax for the remainder of this season. This question arises [from] a series of unfortunate circumstances in Saudi Arabia. But the key issue in this case is whether I should continue suffering irreparable harm arising from an unlawful and unconstitutional decision to suspend me from playing football. I have been properly registered by the NSL [National Soccer League], have a valid contract and I am otherwise eligible to play. My right to work and my dignity is at stake,” he said.
Ndoro said he was going “through the most horrible experience of my life as a professional footballer”.
“My monthly salary was not paid for four months. On or about December 16 2017, I inquired about the balance of my outstanding salary. I had an awful encounter with the president of the club [Al-Faisaly]. He threatened me and told me to forget about the balance owing as Al-Faisaly would terminate the employment contract if I kept asking questions about my salary," he addded.
“These are the circumstances under which I left Al-Faisaly and joined Ajax. My career and ability to earn a living was under threat. I was forced to leave Al-Faisaly to ensure that I continued to play football and earn a living while I am still able to play the game at a professional level," he concluded.
In his findings, Cassim said: “In argument, there was a consensus that this is a status matter. It concerns the eligibility of Ndoro’s capacity to play for Ajax in the 2017/18 football season. It is unrelated to his registration with the NSL. In terms of my registration as a player, which binds me to the NSL Handbook [rules], I had a right to have my dispute settled quickly, fairly and effectively by the Dispute Resolution Chamber.”
“The more time I am kept in this stage of uncertainty and limbo, the more psychological and emotional turmoil I experience. As a professional athlete, my mental condition needs to be focused on my training and playing. Yet the longer I am prevented from playing, and the longer this dispute continues, the more harm I experience to my form as a professional footballer. Finally, the inability to play has brought harm to my reputation and ability to potentially find employment at another club. I am being treated as if I have done something wrong and acted in bad faith," he concluded.