The decision to accept that they will campaign in the National First Division was not easy to swallow, Ajax Cape Town CEO Ari Efstathiou last week announced at a press conference held at Ikamva that they have accepted their fate and they will fight it in the NFD. The saga around Tendai Ndoro took over five months and still there was no clear indication on what the final verdict will be. We caught up with former Ajax Cape Town midfielder Sipho Ndzuzo, who shared his feelings about the whole saga. The image of South African football has been dealt a huge blow by the whole issue of the eligibility of a player.
“The worst thing about South African Professional football, is that the game is only run by them and it’s not inclusive to the other stakeholders. For an example, the game is evolving and there are rules and regulations that are changing. Have you ever heard that the Premier Soccer League is holding workshops for the players? The answers, No. Do they do workshops for the clubs? If they do then that proves that the game is biased to clubs. The PSL structure from inception has always been problematic because the owners of the clubs are still running the league and that will always cause conflict of interst.”
There are teams that have been relegated from topflight football and they failed to make a comeback. We have seen the likes of Santos and Moroka Swallows who went down but never returned but on lighter note teams like Jomo Cosmos, Black Leopards have been down there in there jungle and have suffered a lot. More recently Highlands Park was relegated at the end of 2016)17 season but managed to bounce back immediately. Can the Urban Warriors follow the same path of “The Lions of the North”? Relegated one season and winning promotion the next.
“First division needs a team with character and strong will to survive. The question is. Does Ajax have the calibre of players that are good enough to rise to the situation that the team is facing?”
With the age rule in the NFD, most teams find it hard to find quality under 23 players who are ready to compete in the gruesome NFD league. Will it be a huge worry for the Parow based side? It shouldn’t be as they have been known to produce quality youngsters from their youth development structures.
“Ajax have not been doing well in developing players in the past three season, so they need to do some introspection to see where they are losing the culture”
The Mushin Ertugral led side will open their NFD campaign against Ezenkosi away from home.