Khoza pro­vides NFD draw

Afro Voice (KwaZulu Natal) - - Sport - MMASEKEPE MATSEBANE mmasekepem@the­newage.co.za

WHEN PSL chair­per­son Irvin Khoza called a me­dia brief­ing yes­ter­day, the ex­pec­ta­tion was that he would put to bed the is­sue be­tween Ajax Cape Town and Tendai Ndoro, but that didn’t oc­cur.

Khoza said the PSL was also de­lib­er­at­ing on the CEO po­si­tion that last saw Brand de Vil­liers as the per­ma­nent per­son in that seat in Novem­ber

But what was an­nounced at OR Tambo’s South­ern Sun Ho­tel was the First Na­tional Divi­sion pro­mo­tional play-offs draw, even though the two teams from the NFD has not been con­firmed and the Ajax-Ndoro is­sue still un­re­solved.

That means there is no clar­ity as to whether it will be Ajax Cape Town in the play­offs or Plat­inum Stars and in the NFD, teams such as Black Leop­ards, Jomo Cos­mos, Wit­bank Spurs and Real Kings may still fin­ish sec­ond and third re­spec­tively.

At the same time, that also means Or­lando Pi­rates could find them­selves in for some free points should the ver­dict go against Ajax, mean­ing Pi­rates will re­ceive three points and three goals.

Plat­inum Stars too, at the bot­tom of the log, will be watch­ing, as Ajax los­ing four points will see Dik­wena trail the Ur­ban War­riors by three points with three matches left for both sides un­til the end of the sea­son.

In con­duct­ing the NFD play-offs/rel­e­ga­tion draw in front of the Na­tional Soc­cer League (NSL) board of gover­nors yes­ter­day, Khoza said he wanted to show trans­parency and avoid un­nec­es­sary is­sues.

Khoza also spoke about the Ajax mat­ter, say­ing the PSL’s hope was that the is­sue would be sorted out by the time the play­offs be­gin.

“We are hope­ful that we will avoid that even­tu­al­ity be­cause we don’t know who’s go­ing to be No 15. It might not be Ajax Cape Town, so we can’t even talk about it. That’s a mat­ter that is sub ju­dice, we can’t talk about any de­tail or is­sues about it,” Khoza said.

“We just have to keep quiet about it be­cause the mat­ter is under con­sid­er­a­tion at the mo­ment. I still have to re­port to the board of gover­nors on where it is at this point in time. But even then, we can’t say that there’s no guar­an­tee that Ajax Cape Town will be num­ber 15 (at the end of the sea­son).”

To help the draw be as smooth as pos­si­ble, the NSL named the clubs that would be in the play-offs as NFD 2 and NFD 3, with the PSL named PSL 15 for the pur­pose of the draw.

That means who­ever fin­ished sec­ond in the PSL will NFD 3 in the play­offs, the third placed fin­ish will be NFD 1 and the

PSL club that will make the play-offs will be NFD 2.

In the NFD, Leop­ards are sec­ond on 44 points, with Cos­mos third on 43, Spurs fourth on 42 and Kings fifth on 41, giv­ing all the clubs a chance to make it as they all are left with three matches each to play.

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CLEAR­ING THE AIR: PSL chair­per­son Irvin Khoza.

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