- Judge Raylene Keightley has dismissed Ajax Cape Town’s urgent application to interdict the promotion/relegation playoffs
- Ajax and their player Tendai Ndoro wanted to halt the playoffs after an arbitration commission found Ndoro ineligible to play
- The ruling meant Ajax were docked valuable points which automatically relegated the team from the PSL
The South Gauteng High Court has dismissed an urgent application by Ajax Cape Town and its player Tendai Ndoro to interdict the promotion/relegation playoffs.
The club sought to have the playoffs halted after the South African Football Association (SAFA) arbitrator Advocate William Mokhari ruled that Ndoro was ineligible to play for the Cape Town side.
The ruling meant Ajax were docked valuable points which automatically relegated them from the PSL.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the first court hearing took place on Wednesday morning, barely four hours before the start of the first relegation/promotion game between Black Leopards and Platinum Stars.
Judge Raylene Keightley decided to reserve judgement in the matter, owing to time constraints and said she would make her ruling on today (Friday).
Judge Keightley said the reason for dismissing the matter was a lack of urgency.
“To proceed to consider their (Ajax’s) application in these circumstances would not be in the general interest of all parties represented by the NSL (National Soccer League),” said Judge Keightley.
KickOff.co.za reported that her ruling comes two-days before the second playoff match between Jomo Cosmos and Black Leopards takes place.
Briefly.co.za earlier reported that Ajax Cape Town CEO, Ari Efstathiou, ranted for 40-minutes on local radio about the unfairness of the arbitrator’s ruling.
He vowed to fight the matter in the courts to prove that his club had integrity and was not some fly-by-night operation.
Ajax will still attempt to have the court review and set aside the ruling made by the arbitrator, which if successful, could yet halt the playoffs and force them to be replayed.
Judge Keightley gave Ajax until 22 May to make further submission to the court in order to proceed with the second part of their appeal.
All parties involved will have to write to the Deputy Judge President of the High Court to expedite the appeal and to have a judge allocated to the matter.
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