- Highlands Park signed striker Tendai Ndoro from Ajax Cape Town
- Club uncertain over Ndoro’s eligibility following last season’s debacle involving Ajax
- Coach Da Gama confirms former Orlando Pirates midfield, Issa Sarr, still being assessed
Highlands Park have signed Tendai Ndoro from Ajax Cape Town but are still in the dark over his availability. Last season, Ajax were dramatically relegated from the PSL after a points deduction. They fielded the Zimbabwean forward who was deemed ineligible due to a FIFA ruling.
The ruling states that a player may only play for a maximum of 2 clubs in a season. “We’ve signed Ndoro – that’s definite. But there was a case with Ajax‚ and we are waiting for an official letter to say what his status is” Da Gama stated. The coach added that the club’s suspicion was that the player was banned for 2 games but are still awaiting the official response to clarify the situation.
Ndoro, who has plenty of experience at 33, is a mercurial talent yet consistency has been an issue. The 2016/17 season was a prime example as he stormed to 11 goals during the first half of the campaign but then ended in a goal drought as he only accrued 1 more to finish with 12 goals in total.
Park currently sit in 8th place on the Absa premiership log and coach Da Gama believes Ndoro can significantly boost their goal tally. An encouraging factor was Ndoro’s desire to join the club as confirmed by Da Gama. “We believe that Ndoro has taken a step backwards in order to move forward. There were bigger teams that wanted him. But the nice thing is that Ndoro wanted to be with us.” The coach also shared that former Chiefs and Maritzburg United forward, Abia Nale, had not been signed but that midfielder Issa Sarr is still being assessed as he vies for a contract.
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