Judge Denise Fischer has ruled in Ajax Cape Town’s favour regarding the latest happenings in the Tendai Ndoro saga.
Advocate William Mokhari SC's arbitration ruling previously saw Ajax relegated from the Absa Premiership after being docked seven points to the ineligible fielding of Ndoro in the 2017/18 campaign.
However, after appealing the decision, Judge Fischer has since ruled in Ajax’s favour, setting aside Adv. Mokhari’s award, which means that the Urban Warriors have been reinstated into 15th position and the promotion/relegation play-off results deemed null and void. The matter has since been referred back to FIFA, even after their countless times of ordering the South African Football Association and the PSL to deal with the situation.
However, the decision now lies within the hands of the Premier Soccer League.
Here are three things that the league could agree on:
Opting to not appeal Judge Fischer’s decision:
If the PSL chooses to not appeal Judge Fischer’s decision and the relegation/promotion play-offs are replayed, Black Leopards, who won the previous play-offs, will undoubtedly appeal the decision, which could see court hearings carry on even further.
The PSL Appeals Judge Fischer’s Decision:
If the PSL chooses to appeal the recent ruling, which is in Ajax’s favour, the matter will be referred back to FIFA. However, FIFA have countless times told SAFA and the PSL to deal with the matter internally.
Increase the number of teams in the league:
With court hearings expected to drag on for several weeks on end, depending on what the PSL chooses to do following Judge Fischer’s ruling, the league could look to come to a decision that could please all the parties. This could be to increase the number of teams in the Absa Premiership from the current 16 up to 20. However, this is not as easy as it sounds, as there will be tons of things that will need to be taken into consideration as well as ongoing discussions in order to come to a viable agreement.
The PSL has confirmed that the executive committee will sit in order to come to a conclusion about the next steps in the matter.