Before they take on their respective opponents in the GladAfrica Championship finale on Sunday afternoon, TS Sporting and Mbombela United will take each other on, in a serious legal battle today, which could have an impact on who gets relegated to the ABC Motsepe League.
The two Mpumalanga clubs are set to appear before SAFA arbitrator, Judge William Mukhari today (Sunday) at 10am on a dispute over Eswatini international Sabelo Ndzinisa.
Sporting claim to have signed Ndzinisa as a free agent in May 2019 after his display at the Cosafa Cup in Durban, while Mbombela claim to have signed the player in January 2019 from Mbabane Swallows.
The 29-year-old has since played 20 matches for Mbombela this season even though Sporting officially protested with the League as early as September 2019.
During a press briefing on Friday, PSL Chairman Dr Irvin Khoza explained that the PSL Executive Committee took a decision to take the matter straight to the SAFA arbitration to avoid complications ahead of the last day of the first division.
“It has come to our notice in terms of case management which was reported to us in the executive committee meeting, that it seems there is a case that had been outstanding for some time,” Khoza told the media.
“That case might cause complications depending on the facts. We must make sure that it must not disturb the excitement that is being generated by the fixtures, both in the Premier Division and in the GladAfrica Championship.
“To make sure that whatever happens, we do it in the manner that we keep everybody comfortable and justice must be seen to prevail and everybody is protected. If there are issues that are there they must be dealt with before we go to the playoffs, we don’t want drama,” said Khoza.
“So as the executive committee we have instructed the CEO (Mato Madlala) to communicate with SAFA which she has done. I am told that the arbitration will be sitting on Sunday and all the interested parties have been informed of that matter to make sure that they prepare themselves,”
FARPost has been reliably been informed that Mbombela have been charged with registering the player under false pretence, putting the league into disrepute.
Mbombela could be docked points if found guilty, similar to the way points were taken from Ajax Cape Town a few seasons ago in the Tendai Ndoro case.
Mbombela are currently 13th on the log with 32 points and play their last match against Ajax Cape Town.
Sporting are 15th with 29 points and play their last match against Cape Umoya United.
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