Premier Soccer League confirm decision to appeal Tendai Ndoro ruling

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Dr Irvin Khoza July 6 2018
Advocate William Mokhari previously decided to dock Ajax points for fielding the Zimbabwean striker last season which subsequently relegated the club

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has decided to appeal the ruling by Judge Denise Fisher to reinstate Ajax Cape Town back into the elite league. 

The National Soccer League (NSL) Board of Governors held a meeting on Thursday and the football body announced that it has approved a decision to appeal the recent High Court ruling.

Fisher's judgment reinstated Ajax's 15th place finish on the 2017/18 PSL standings and also deemed the promotion/relegation play-offs which were won by Black Leopards null and void. 

Speaking at the press conference, PSL chairman Irvin Khoza also confirmed that the league is set to kick off in the first weekend of August with the 32 PSL members having reached a unanimous decision that the 2018/19 campaign will commence as scheduled regardless of the course the matter takes.

The organization's legal adviser stated that Judge Fisher’s decision was wrong because Ndoro's transfer to Ajax was via the international route (from Saudi Arabian club Al Faisaly). 

Ndoro has been in the news since joining the Urban Warriors in January 2018 after it emerged that Fifa rules prohibited him from playing for a third club in a single season. 

The 30-year-old marksman, who recently parted ways with Ajax, played for Orlando Pirates, before leaving for Al Faisaly at the beginning of last season. He returned to South Africa a few months later to sign a contract with Ajax and the club registered him with the PSL.

The PSL Board of Governors released the following statement:

The National Soccer League (NSL) Board of Governors met in Sandton, Johannesburg today for an extraordinary meeting.

Amongst some of the issues discussed was the matter concerning Ajax Cape Town / Tendai Ndoro and the impact, if any start of the 2018/19 season.

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The PSL Executive Committee explained the reasoning behind the decision to seek leave to appeal against the decision of Judge Denise Fisher which was handed down on 02 July 2018.  The report was accepted.

On the question of the start of the 2018/19 season, it was unanimously resolved by the Board of Governors that the Absa Premiership and all competitions would start on scheduled time: 04 August 2018.

Should the proceedings in the matter require a further determination from the Board of Governors that will be dealt with at the appropriate time.