PSL, Ajax case far from over

The player at the centre of the dispute, Zimbabwean Tendai Ndoro
The player at the centre of the dispute, Zimbabwean Tendai Ndoro
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The litigation between the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and Ajax Cape Town is far from over with court papers set to be filed this week.

Both parties are soon expected to submit their heads of argument for the appeal case in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg.

The PSL is expected to submit theirs by Friday and Ajax Cape Town next week. AmaZulu have since withdrawn from the process.

The case is the appeal hearing of the long drawn-out eligibility case involving striker Tendai Ndoro, who was found to have illegally played for three different clubs in a single season.

Back in July, Ajax threw in the towel in their attempts to interdict the start of the 2018/19 Absa Premiership season after the PSL was granted leave to appeal the judgment of judge Denise Fisher.

They are now competing in the NFD.

One of the legal eagles working on the case, who did not want to be named, said: "Both parties met with the judge president two weeks ago and in November the heads of argument will be submitted. From there the hearing will likely take place next April."

Interestingly, the source adds that Ajax do not have a case to return to PSL regardless of the appeal outcome.

Should Ajax be successful and receive a favourable judgment in the appeal, the best they can do is to sue the PSL for damages. "It's done, Ajax can no longer return to the Premier League, but should they win they can claim damages of loss of income."

The PSL's Lux September could only say that the dates of the appeal hearing were yet to be finalised.

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