Ajax relegated after paying steep price for Ndoro eligibility debacle

Ajax Cape Town relegated from the South African Premier League due to sanctions

Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town have been relegated after being found guilty of fielding an ineligible player, Tendai Ndoro, in the recently completed Absa Premiership season.

Before joining Ajax, Ndoro had already featured for Orlando Pirates and Saudi Arabia side Al Faisaly this season.

Ndoro's eligibility has been under question for months and South African Football Association (Safa) legal officer Tebogo Motlanthe said arbitrator William Mokhari ruled that Ajax would be docked nine points from three league matches in which the player was fielded by the Cape Town club.

But Ajax are ready to fight back and will go to the courts to try to stop the opening playoff game taking place in Thohoyandou today between National First Division side Black Leopards and Platinum Stars, who received a reprieve thanks to the decision, having been relegated five days ago.

Ajax then made it public that they will be heading to High Court in Johannesburg.

"Amongst other issues, the club will seek to interdict the promotion play-offs from commencing on Wednesday 16th May at 3 pm".

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"This will be sought pending an urgent review of the arbitrators award this morning".

Club officials confirmed earlier yesterday that they were frantically making plans to honour the fixture against Leopards.

Those matches were against Platinum Stars (January 12)‚ Polokwane City (February 4) and SuperSport United (February 28). "The Arbitrator also heard an appeal by Polokwane City FC against the fielding of Mr Ndoro in their match as well as a protest by SuperSport United".

Ajax have 72 hours to appeal against Mokhari's decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Zurich‚ Switzerland. In addition Ajax Cape Town were fined a total of R350 000. Ajax Cape Town was ordered to pay the costs (including the costs of senior counsel) of the other parties involved in the arbitration.

The playoff campaign is due to start on Wednesday with, as it now stands, Platinum Stars scheduled to play against Black Leopards at 15:00.

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