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Robert Ng’ambi’s club may escape relegation

Malawi’s Flames midfielders, Robert Ng’ambi and Gerald Phiri Junior, could find their way back to South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) after their relegated team, Platinum Stars, received a lifeline to take part in promotion play-offs.

Platinum received hope after South Africa Football Association (Safa) arbitrator docked points from Ajax Cape Town and, eventually, demoted them to the National First Division for fielding ineligible Zimbabwean striker Tendai Ndoro.

However, Ng’ambi Wednesday said, much as he was happy with development; the play-offs do not guarantee Platinum promotion.

“I can’t talk much as we have heard that Ajax are seeking a court injunction against the play-offs,” Ng’ambi said, adding that the play-offs are usually tough.

Ng’ambi and Phiri are not part of the Flames squad that is preparing for the Cosafa Castle Cup which is scheduled for next week in Polokwane, South Africa.

Platinum will compete in the play-offs against National First Division sides Black Leopards and Jomo Cosmos, with the overall winner earning a PSL place.

As we went to press, Platinum were playing Leopards in the first match of the play-offs whose format is round-robin.

Safa found Ajax guilty of five charges of misconduct for fielding Ndoro in various matches, following protests by Polokwane City and SuperSport United.

Sava Advocate Mokhari awarded the matches played by Ajax against Platinum, Polokwane and Supersport to those clubs with a 3-0 score line.

Ajax were also fined K19 million (R350,000) for the offences.

Ndoro received a two-match suspension for, contrary to Fifa regulations, playing for three teams in one calendar year, having left Orlando Pirates to join Al Faisaly in Saudi Arabia before signing for Ajax in the just-ended season.

“As a result of the ruling, please take note of the revised log positions of the Absa Premiership,” reads part of the verdict.

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