Cosmos not bothered by Ndoro case
High court to give its verdict of playoffs interdict by Ajax
The playoffs have always been controversial as many deem the format unfair to the two National First Division (NFD) clubs who had finished second and third on the log.
But this year’s edition of this three-team mini-league has proved even more vexed, with the Tendai Ndoro saga threatening to stop them after a SA Football Association arbitrator’s ruling on Tuesday found Ajax Cape Town guilty of fielding the ineligible Ndoro.
The Urban Warriors, who have since suffered an automatic axe, tried to interdict the first game of the playoffs between Platinum Stars and Black Leopards on Wednesday but failed, following the judge’s decision to reserve judgment.
It remains to be seen if Sunday’s match between Jomo Cosmos and Leopards at Vosloorus Stadium will be affected by the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg’s verdict expected today.
Having initially planned for Ajax, you would expect Ezenkosi to feel hard done by now to face Dikwena but the club’s striker Sicelo Mkhize, 22, says for them it does not matter who they play in the playoffs. “Yes we thought we were going to play Ajax but now it’s Platinum, to us it does not matter. They play similar football, so our planning was not affected at all. We were lucky to watch Platinum against Leopards on Wednesday,” Mkhize told Sowetan yesterday.
Leopards are on top of the mini-league standings after their 1-0 victory over Lidoda Duvha midweek.
“Leopards beat us 3-0 in our last match but they know they cannot repeat that at Vosloorus. We won 11 of our 15 games at our stadium [lost one and drew three],” said Mkhize.