High Court places ball firmly in Ajax Cape Town's court regarding Tendai Ndoro

Tendai Ndoro, Ajax Cape Town
Ndoro joined the Urban Warriors at the beginning of 2018, and the decision to either play or bench him rests with the club

The South Gauteng High Court has placed the ball firmly in Ajax Cape Town's court on whether or not they can play striker Tendai Ndoro. 

This after the Urban Warriors took the matter to the High Court in an attempt to appeal against Safa arbitrator Nassir Cassim's ruling that the player should stop playing for the relegation-threatened side until his case is finalized. 

Cassim subsequently referred Nooro's case to Fifa, saying that the PSL Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) didn't have the jurisdiction to handle the matter as it involved an overseas club (Al Faisaly). 

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The High Court put Cassim's ruling to refer the matter to Fifa on hold, and placed the entire verdict on review. 

While the judgement would be a welcome relief to Ajax, they might still not be able to utilise Ndoro this season as this could backfire should they eventually lose the case. 

Ndoro is in contravention with Fifa rules for playing for three different clubs in one season. 

Prior to his move to Saudi Arabia where he spent the first half of the season at Al Faisaly, Ndoro featured for Orlando Pirates, before returning to South Africa soon afterwards to sign with the Urban Warriors. 

Arguing his case, Ndoro claimed that his salary wasn't paid for four months by Al Faisaly, and as a result, this affected him both emotionally and psychologically. 

Ndoro said he never acted in bad faith, adding that his career and ability to earn a living was under threat at Al Faisaly. 

The Ndoro saga is certainly far from over, and Ajax are expected to fight tooth and nail to have the former Bucs striker back in action before the end of the season. 

Ajax are in the relegation zone with 24 points from 24 league matches, and the next six games will be very crucial in their bid to beat the drop.