Thursday May 14, 2020. 13:00
The chairman of South African second-tier club Ajax Cape Town, Ari Efstathiou, says that scrapping the 2019-20 season would be unfair.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all sport in the country has been put on hold and there are growing fears that the currently suspended football campaign will simply be scrapped.
This has already taken place in several major European leagues, such as Ligue 1 in France and the Eredivisie in the Netherlands, and Efstathiou is hoping that South Africa doesn’t follow suit.
Ajax are sitting pretty at the top of the GladAfrica Championship (second tier) and looking very strong candidates to earn direct promotion back to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) for 2020-21, but the uncertainty of how and when the season will finish leaves the Urban Warriors in a situation where their hard work may be in vain.
“It will be unfair to nullify the league for the guys that are on top. I don’t see any sense in that,” Efstathiou told IOL.
“It will favour the guys that did not try rather than those that worked hard. If you look at us, Swallows and Uthongathi FC, there’s no doubt that we all deserve to be in the top three.
“If you look at the ones at the bottom, they deserve to be at the bottom. It is not by chance. It is not that they have played less games.
“It is the last thing that must happen. If we had only played 50% of the games, then maybe (it would sound right). But we’ve played 80% of our games and we are seven points ahead.”
He added “Even if you look at Kaizer Chiefs, they have been leading the league for the past couple of months and maybe longer. Yes, the chasing pack is catching up. The bottom line is that they are four points ahead. It is not by luck, but it is because they have been playing well.”