Its business as usual for Orlando Pirates as they prepare to take on Ajax Cape Town in a last 32 Nedbank Cup clash this coming Saturday.
Last week saw an unprecedented move when the Buccaneers played their midweek league match against Urban Warriors. Ahead of that match Pirates lodged a formal protest which was signed by the Bucs skipper Mpho Makola and other PSL officials, over Ajax’s fielding of Tendai Ndoro.
The Soweto giants went on to lose the fixture 3-0 with one of the goals assisted by Ndoro. Now as Pirates seek to welcome the Cape Town-based club, Bucs administrative chief whip, Floyd Mbele as told Soccer Laduma that the protest lodged will have no significant bearing on the clubs preparations.
“We’ve had over a week to prepare for this game so we are ready,” Mbele told Soccer Laduma.
“With regards to our protest over the fielding of Ndoro, FIFA rules are there to dictate and govern how football is played and managed, and that where our protest stems from. There was a clear contravening of the rules.
“I want to assure the Pirates supporters that this will have no bearing on Saturday’s game. Our preparations are going as scheduled,” he added.
Asked if the club would be willing to take the matter further or protest should Tendai Ndoro be fielded on Saturday, Mbele opted to remain mum on the situation only stating that they cannot pre-empt things.
“We can’t pre-empt things, the only thing we can do is prepare for the match,” said the Bucs man.
Pirates host Ajax at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday 11 February 2018 with the match scheduled to begin at 20:15