Ajax Cape Town’s Tendai Ndoro case to be heard by FIFA

Ajax Cape Town’s Tendai Ndoro case to be heard by FIFA
Tendai Ndoro of Ajax Cape Town challenged by Willem Mwedihanga of Platinum Stars during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Ajax Cape Town and Platinum Stars at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 12 January 2018 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Mar 28, 2018. 15:30

Latest news coming from the South African Football Association regarding Ajax Cape Town striker Tendai Ndoro's case is that it will go to FIFA.

This comes after the Zimbabwean attacker was ordered to immediately stop playing for the Mother City side by SAFA.

Ndoro joined the Urban Warriors in January from Saudi Arabia’s Al Faisaly, but Premier Soccer League clubs such as Orlando Pirates and Polokwane City lodged complaints on his eligibility to play for three clubs in one season.

Following that protest by the two PSL clubs, the PSL Dispute Resolution Chamber ruled in favour of Ajax that he was eligible to play, despite FIFA transfer laws saying no player can represent three clubs in one season.

However, the PSL appealed the DRC’s decision and took the matter to SAFA for ruling, the country’s FA has ordered the 27-year-old to stop playing for Muhsin Ertugral’s side.

Also known as ‘Fire’, Ndoro has played for the Buccaneers, Faisaly as well as Ajax in this (2017/18) campaign, thus contravening FIFA's transfer rules.

Passing his ruling on Wednesday, arbitrator Nassir Cassim SC, who heard the case, ruled that the matter be referred to FIFA, arguing that the PSL’s DRC does not have jurisdiction over the matter.

"FIFA rules prohibit a player to play for three different clubs in a single season,” said SAFA in a statement.

"In his ruling on Wednesday, 28 March 2018, Cassim SC referred the case to FIFA saying it was because the matter involved an overseas/international club.

"He also ruled that in the meantime, the player should stop playing for Ajax."

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