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Ajax Cape Town to play in NFD

The will go along with the remaining appeal that will be heard but Ajax will compete in the NFD for the upcoming season.

Tendai Ndoro. Picture: @ajaxcapetown/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Ajax Cape Town have accepted that they will play their football in the National First Division.

The will go along with the remaining appeal that will be heard but Ajax will compete in the NFD for the upcoming season.

Ajax Cape Town on Thursday withdrew their urgent interdict to halt the start of the new season after the Urban Warriors were given time by Judge Phanuel Mudau to deliberate their next move.

Earlier on Thursday, Judge Denise Fisher granted the Premier Soccer League (PSL)/National Soccer League (NSL) leave to appeal in the protracted eligibility saga of former Ajax Cape Town striker Tendai Ndoro.

The PSL announced its decision to appeal the ruling by Judge Fisher to set aside Advocate William Mokhari’s ruling which saw Ajax docked points and automatically relegated.

Fisher also referred the eligibility of striker Tendai Ndoro, over which Ajax had effectively been relegated, to the Fifa Players Status Committee. The question surrounding his eligibility has still not been answered adequately and risks delaying the start of the own season.

The protracted and complex Ndoro saga has rumbled on for seven months and is in danger of delaying and affecting the start of the new Absa Premiership season, which is due to begin on 4 August.

The questions of his eligibility stem from the fact that he played for Orlando Proteas in August of 2017. He was then transferred to Saudi Arabian club Al Faisaly and made his debut for them in September that same year.

He left the Arab club in the January transfer window and then went on to make his debut for Ajax in January of 2018. This is a breach of Fifa regulation Article 5.3, which states a player may not play for more than two clubs in a season.

Additional reporting by Carl Lewis.