CAPE TOWN, June 25 – Tendai Ndoro, the man brought in to save Ajax Cape Town from the axe but who instead unwittingly contributed to their downfall, has left the club.
The 33-year-old Zimbabwean international striker’s departure was confirmed on the Urban Warriors’ website on Monday:
“Ndoro’s contract was up for renewal at the end of this month (June 2018); however the club have opted not to extend his stay at Ikamva.
“The club would like to wish Tendai all the best in his future endeavours and thank him for his services over the past six months.”
Things had been looking up for Ajax when they brought back former head coach Muhsin Ertugral to the club midway through last season and made what looked like some excellent signings in their quest to avoid relegation, including Ndoro, Fagrie Lakay, Yannick Zakri, Siyanda Zwane and Samuel Julies.
But Ndoro’s signing was to horribly backfire when it later emerged that his acquisition had gone against Fifa regulations in that Ajax was the third club he played for in a single season, having departed Orlando Pirates for a quick spell at Al Faisaly in Saudi Arabia.
This resulted in a series of court cases, hearings and appeals involving the Premier Soccer League and the SA Football Association, with the Cape club ultimately being docked the seven points they had earned while Ndoro was playing. As a result, they dropped to last position on the table and were automatically relegated.
However, Ajax are still involved in a last-gasp ditch to get the ruling over-turned. The crux of their latest argument is that the teams which were awarded points from the games Ndoro played in (Platinum Stars, SuperSport United and Polokwane City) should not have been gifted the extra points – that is based on a similar ruling involving Second Division club Phiva Stars.
Should Ajax win their hearing, that would mean that they finish above Platinum Stars in 15th spot, which would qualify them for the play-offs. The complication though is that the play-offs have already taken place, with Black Leopards emerging triumphant over Platinum Stars and Jomo Cosmos. (ANA)