PSL And SAFA Must Account For Their Incompetencies
The Premier Soccer League (PSL) season wrapped up on Saturday, 12 May 2018, and all the teams concluded by recapping the season that it was.
The league even went on to announce Promotion/Relegation Playoff fixtures, with the Ajax Cape Town-Tendai Ndoro saga still pending. Now, with the league shut and positions confirmed, things have turned out for the worst. The South African Football Association (SAFA) has ruled in the Ndoro matter, and as a result Ajax have been officially relegated for field an "ineligible" Ndoro.
The association ruled that Tendai was ineligible to play for the Urban Warriors this season, but took no responsibility in the matter. When Ajax signed Ndoro, SAFA and PSL initially registered him eligible to play and issued him with the licence to play. It was later when someone put it out that Ndoro is playing for a third team in one season that they started raising their ears.
The PSL Dispute Chamber ruled in Ndoro's favour on two occasions, rightfully so because it was the league and association that gave him the green light in the first place. Why didn't they refused to issue him with the right papers at the start? They are the ones that cleared him, and not Ajax. If they knew the rules why did they twice asked FIFA to intervene on the matter after the DC rulings?
This is just bullying at its level best. The league and association are bullying clubs. As a result of their incompetencies, Amazulu have now suffered, dropping out of Top 8 and SuperSport United getting in through the back door. Why did they wait for the season to rule on this?
Ajax must appeal, together with Amazulu and all affected clubs. It's high time PSL and SAFA take responsibility for their own mistakes. They can't keep blaming other people for their own mess. They succeeded in 2001 over the Ellis Park Stadium disaster. We can't let them succeed now.