Are Ajax Right To Fight In Court?

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By Isaac Ndou

CAPE TOWN: The Urban Warriors have been ruled guilty for using Zimbabwean striker Tendai Ndoro three times in court.

It’s been over 2 months since Ajax Cape Town started appealing the decision made by the South African Football Association (SAFA) which saw them get automatically relegated to the National First Division (NFD) after being docked 9 points. 
 
The Urban Warriors have been ruled guilty for using Zimbabwean striker Tendai Ndoro three times in court. They are currently waiting for a fourth ruling on the matter from Judge Denise Fisher who is expected to make a decision this week.
 
Ajax CEO Ari Efstathiou has publicly made it known that the club will fight until they get a decision in their favor as he believes the rulings have been unfair to the Cape Town-based club who had finished on 15th position after round 30 of the 2017/18 Absa Premiership season. 
 
Efstathiou may have a good case considering that the club was given the green light by the PSL to continue using the Zimbabwean striker following his short stint in Saudi Arabia after featuring for Orlando Pirates in the same season.
 
The PSL could be held responsible for the ongoing saga as they were well aware of the FIFA rule that prohibits a player from fielding for three different teams in one season as they overlooked that law and permitted Ajax to continue using the player.
 
Platinum Stats were then made to play the relegation/promotion playoffs in place of The Urban Warriors, with Limpopo outfit Black Leopards going on to win the mini-tournament and get promoted to the PSL for the 2018/19 season. 
 
If the court does decide that Ajax are not guilty in the fourth ruling, then the playoffs would have then to be replayed again, something that is likely to also raise another legal battle between clubs and the South African Football governing bodies.