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Ajax relief after PSL clears Ndoro

Striker Tendai Ndoro has been cleared by the Premier Soccer League to play for Ajax Cape Town in a major relief for the relegation-threatened outfit‚ who face the prospect of being docked points and tumbling to the bottom of the league standings.

Tendai Ndoro of Ajax Cape Town celebrates with Muhsin Ertugral, Coach of Ajax Cape Town 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

The league decided that the Zimbabwe international could continue playing even though Ajax are his third club in a single season and this is against Fifa rules.

No explanation has yet been given by the league’s Dispute Resolution Chamber for their decision, but it will breathe much confidence into the club, which had been sitting on tenterhooks for days‚ expecting Ndoro to be ruled out of the rest of the season and to lose points from the game he played against Platinum Stars earlier in January.

Also‚ new signing Siyanda Zwane was drafted straight into the starting line-up against Orlando Pirates in another vital Absa Premiership encounter last night, according to coach Muhsin Ertugral.

The full-back was signed on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns at the weekend and had his first training session in Cape Town at the start of the week, but is ready to play‚ asserted the coach.

“He will play‚ I want him going up and down the field. He was a player I gave an opportunity to when I was at (Lamontville) Golden Arrows and I have always admired his work rate. He is tireless.

“He will give us a chance to try different approaches during the game‚ which is what I want to do; to mix and match a bit.”

Ertugral also said he would keep the inexperienced Yagan Sasman in defence‚ after drafting him into the starting line-up for the last game against Free State Stars. Sasman (21) is among several of the fringe squad players that Ertugral has given an opportunity to as he tries to find the right combinations for the team.

“I’m still not scared to play the youngsters. You cannot grow as a player when he is sitting in the stands.”

Ajax are second from bottom in the standings and have lost three of the five matches since Ertugral was drafted in for a fourth spell in charge to try and save the club from possible relegation. The Chronicle