SAFA bans Ndoro as case goes to FIFA

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SOUTH Africa: SAFA have ordered Ajax Cape Town striker Tendai Ndoro to stop playing immediately following an arbitration hearing earlier this week.

This comes after the Premier Soccer League lodged a protest against its own Dispute Resolution Chamber’s ruling that declared Ndoro eligible to play, despite FIFA rules stating otherwise.

Ndoro has played for Orlando Pirates, Saudi Arabian club Al Faisaly as well as Ajax Cape Town this season, contravening FIFA’s Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players.

Advocate Nassir Cassim SC heard the arbitration case on Monday, before reserving judgement until Wednesday.

Cassim SC has ruled that the PSL DRC does not have jurisdiction over the said matter, and thus referred the matter to the world football governing body.

“Arbitrator Nassir Cassim SC has ruled that the Tendai Ndoro matter be referred to the world football governing body, FIFA arguing the PSL’s Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) does not have jurisdiction over the matter,” read a statement from SAFA.

“FIFA rules prohibit a player to play for three different clubs in a single season.

“In his ruling on Wednesday, 28 March 2018, Cassim SC referred the case to FIFA saying it was because the matter involved an overseas/international club.

“He also ruled that in the meantime, the player should stop playing for Ajax.”