HARARE – Warriors striker Tendai Ndoro has been cleared of any wrongdoing and is now free to play for his South Africa Absa Premiership side Ajax Cape Town.
The Zimbabwe international had been summoned by the Super Diski’s Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) for allegedly breaking Fifa rules regarding player registration.
Ajax faced being without their new signing for the remainder of the campaign, and also being docked the three points they gained in their 3-1 victory over fellow strugglers Platinum Stars earlier this month, for fielding the Zimbabwe international.
Ajax were expecting to be sanctioned because they are the third club that Ndoro had played for this season after Orlando Pirates and Saudi Arabian side Al-Faisaly, breaching Fifa rule 5.3 on player registrations that states: “Players may be registered with a maximum of three clubs during one season. During this period, the player is only eligible to play official matches for two clubs.”
But Ajax tweeted yesterday afternoon that they had been successful in their submissions to the PSL DRC.
“The PSL Dispute Resolution Chamber has ruled in favour of Ajax and … Ndoro. The Zimbabwe international has been declared eligible for selection,” Ajax said.
Ndoro, 32, was then expected to be in the Urban Warriors squad for last night’s Absa Premiership clash against his old club Pirates at the Cape Town Stadium.
Meanwhile, Maritzburg United chairperson Farook Kadodia says it was not an easy decision to sell their top scorer Evans Rusike to SuperSport United.
“On behalf of the directors of Maritzburg, we officially confirm the transfer of our striker Evans Rusike to SuperSport United, as of Tuesday,” Kadodia told his club’s website.
“It was quite a difficult decision for the club as Evans had become a household name in the City of Choice.
“The club and the player had numerous pressures over the past two years as far as a move is concerned.
“The player’s desire was to play in Europe, and he touted this Maritzburg move as his door into Europe.
“As time went along, he looked at the proposal that was made to him by SuperSport and the negotiations were very professional.
“As Maritzburg United we want our players to be happy at all times and we supported the move. This kind of move shows the youngsters that there is a goal in football in South Africa, and thereafter Europe.
“As a club we now give the opportunity to the other strikers, Andrea Fileccia and Mohau Mokate, to take this chance to fill in the shoes of Rusike.
“The deal suited both the club and the player, in that it was a package deal done with SuperSport; there are some exciting young players that will be joining Maritzburg at the start of the new season, and there was also cash involved in the deal.
“The club has been under pressure — the expectation of the partnership with the municipality didn’t materialise the way we expect it. Maritzburg unfortunately don’t have the resources of the SuperSports, of the Gauteng teams and that is our challenge.
“We cannot sustain our whole operation without trading players. We appeal to the fans to stay behind the team.
“We’re still challenging for our goal, a strong top-eight position.
“The coach has been fulfilling his obligations and we need the support going forward to ensure we stay where we are.”