PSL To Appeal Court Decision To Reinstate Ajax To Premier League

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JOHANNESBURG: The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has announced that it will seek leave to appeal the decision made by Judge Denise Fisher to reinstate Ajax Cape Town back into the Premier League.

Ajax had been relegated to the National First Division (NFD) after another court decision ruled that they had illegally fielded striker Tendai Ndoro during the season and were docked points which ultimately relegated the Cape outfit.

On Thursday, the PSL’s executive committee met to decided a way forward to resolve the issue. PSL Chairman Dr Irvin Khoza said they would only reveal the reasons behind their decision to appeal Judge Denise Fisher’s judgement this week after a Board of Governors (BoG) that is to be held on July 12.

“We are sitting with this decision that makes us ponder what should be our decision as the League,” said Khoza on Thursday evening.

Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairman Irvin Khoza chairs a meeting of the Leagues' executive committee at the PSL head offices in Parktown, north of Johannesburg on Thursday July 5 2018. PICTURE: Mahlatse Mphahlele

“Having considered the matter today‚ we have arrived at a decision that the judgment that was handed down must be appealed.

“The facts and the details must be referred to the Board of Governors which is convened for Thursday next week for them to ratify what we have arrived at.

“Until then the BoG have to evaluate why we are not going for the directive of the judgment but deciding to appeal the matter.

“It is only on Thursday that we will release the reasons.

“What is important is that we are trying to address this matter in extreme urgency so that it must not affect the start of the season.”

The judgement reverses Ajax’s relegation‚ for now‚ and makes the outcome of the recent promotion-relegation playoffs that saw Black Leopards being promoted to the top flight league in June.

“We are working towards ensuring that the league starts on time but in life there are no certainties‚” said Khoza.

“We have called an extraordinary board of governors meeting next week to make sure that there is no delay.

“We have briefed our sponsors‚ the broadcasters and to give the heads up to the clubs‚ Safa and the Minister of Sport (Tokozile Xasa) about the issues,” Khoza added.