- Ajax Cape Town has accepted its fate and will prepare to take part in the NFD in the 2018/19 season
- The club’s CEO Ari Efstathiou announced that the club would withdraw its bid to interdict the start of the PSL season, bringing an end all its legal challenges against the PSL
- Efstathiou said Ajax had been denied justice because of time and legal constraints
Ajax Cape Town has officially pulled out of its legal battle with the Premier Soccer League (PSL) over the ongoing Tendai Ndoro eligibility matter which led to the club being relegated from the top flight league.
The club’s CEO Ari Efstathiou announced that the club would withdraw its bid to interdict the start of the PSL season, bringing an end all its legal challenges against the PSL.
Efstathiou said Ajax had been denied justice because of time and legal constraints. He said the PSL’s successful application for leave to appeal the South Gauteng High Court’s ruling which set aside the Ndoro matter had placed the club in a difficult position.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Efstathiou has now resigned himself into accepting the original conclusions of SAFA arbitrator William Mokhari which found Tendai Ndoro had been ineligible to play for Ajax in the early part of last season.
Mokhari subsequently penalised Ajax Cape Town by docking points gained in the affected games and additionally awarded those points to the teams which played against Ajax. This led to Ajax ending the season in the relegation zone.
Efstathiou said it was a bitter pill to swallow because he and the management of the club still believed that the club had not acted incorrectly and had followed the eligibility guidelines correctly.
Sport24.com reported that Ajax Cape Town will still take part in the PSL’s appeal against the original hearing but will not contest the outcome and thus have accepted their position in the NFD.
Efstathiou said the club would be forced to make changes to the technical and playing staff because the demands of the NFD were vastly different than those of the PSL. He said the club would make further announcements regarding changes in due course.
Efstathiou said the club’s coach Muhsin Ertugral would remain with the club. The PSL has not commented on the matter but the league will probably be relieved to bring the saga to an end and have clarity for the upcoming season.
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