Ajax pay­ing dearly for reck­less­ness

Sowetan - - Opinion - Richard­son Mzaidume Pimville

Blame game and fin­ger-point­ing af­ter Ajax Cape Town were found guilty of field­ing Tendai Ndoro have started.

As a re­sult of the ar­bi­tra­tion ver­dict, Ajax have been rel­e­gated. Read­ing com­ments on so­cial net­works was very in­ter­est­ing. I have al­ways main­tained that Ajax should have never fielded Ndoro in the first place.

Fifa rules on the mat­ter are very clear – that a player can be signed by three clubs in a sin­gle sea­son but can only play for two in of­fi­cial matches.

Some peo­ple are blam­ing the PSL Dis­pute Res­o­lu­tion Cham­ber for clear­ing Ndoro to play. How­ever, Ajax man­age­ment is duty-bound to look af­ter the club’s best in­ter­ests first and fore­most. Field­ing Ndoro was reck­less.

There’s a rea­son there’s some­thing called sec­ond opin­ion. Even the best law ea­gles can get it wrong some­times. Ajax should have sought for a sec­ond opin­ion. Now our foot­ball will be held to ran­som over some­thing that was as clear as day­light.

Ajax had many op­por­tu­ni­ties to do the right thing and re­sist temp­ta­tion to field Ndoro. Fifa statutes take prece­dence over any other rule that in­di­vid­ual as­so­ci­a­tions might have.

Ajax Cape Town are pay­ing the price for reck­less be­hav­iour.

My sym­pa­thy how­ever goes to Black Leop­ards, who should be pre­par­ing for life in the PSL af­ter fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the National First Divi­sion.

Sadly, the sense­less rel­e­ga­tion/ pro­mo­tion play­offs they must go through might deny them.

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