Cos­mos not both­ered by Ndoro case

High court to give its ver­dict of play­offs in­ter­dict by Ajax

Sowetan - - Dipapadi - By Sihle Nde­bele

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.

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