Amazulu sought an urgent interdict at the Johannesburg High Court after a decision by arbitrator William Mukhari relegated them from eighth to ninth place on the ABSA Premiership log due to the Ajax Cape Town and Tendai Ndoro matter.
The dust has hardly settled in the Ajax Cape Town, Tendai Ndoro matter and the Premier Soccer League is fighting fires in another case in the Johannesburg High Court.
On the 16th of July, Judge Denise Fischer granted the Premier Soccer League leave to appeal, after her earlier decision to reverse the judgment taken by Judge William Mukhari.
Mukhari ruled that Zimbabwean forward Ndoro was not eligible to play for Ajax Cape Town.
The Safa arbitrator went to the extent of docking the Urban Warriors seven points, which were awarded to the three teams Ndoro featured against.
Amazulu felt hard done by the decision which saw them relegated to ninth place.
Super Sport United on the other hand benefited from the ruling to qualify for the MTN8.
High Court Judge Denise Fischer says, “I’ll give judgment on this matter at two o’clock tomorrow.”
Besides Amazulu’s interdict, the High Court also still has to hear the appeal of the league against Judge Fischer’s earlier ruling that Ajax should be reinstated to 15th place on the Premiership log and Platinum Stars automatically relegated to the NFD.
If Judge Fischer’s ruling is upheld, it will benefit Amazulu and they will return to eighth place on the log.
“What the board has decided to do is to go with the court process. I understand from the papers and the judge president that an urgent appeal court is available to the parties in relation to the appeal of my judgement but nobody is taking that up. It seems like there’s empathy about the record and that concerns me, “says Fischer.
Super Sport United who were the main beneficiaries of the arbitration ruling, could also fight their case if they lose their top eight position.
If Amazulu win their case, it could inspire Ajax to continue to fight against their relegation to the National First Division.
PSL Lawyer Dennis Sibuyi says, “Basically the issues are that Amazulu are sitting at position nine as we stand here today, and has approached the court insisting that it wants to participate in the MTN Top 8 because they are saying that before Mukhari’s ward they were position eight. This is why they are trying to interdict the commencement of the Top 8, and that’s why we are in court today.”
The three clubs who benefited from the seven points deducted from Ajax could also challenge the decision of the High Court.
The affected clubs are SuperSport United, the relegated Platinum Stars, as well as Polokwane City.