The Premier Soccer League season is fast approaching its end, and the league title race could take a surprising spin in the next few weeks.
However, Pirates could benefit after protesting against Ajax Cape Town for fielding their former striker, Tendai Ndoro very in the year.
The saga emanated after the former Chicken Inn FC player left Pirates at the beginning of this season to join a Saudi Arabian side (Al Faisaly), before coming back to the PSL to join Ajax in January 2018.
Ndoro’s availability for Muhsin Ertugral is seen as a move against Fifa rules which state that a player can be registered with three clubs, but cannot play for three different clubs in one season.
Ndoro was initially cleared by the PSL Dispute Resolution Chambers (DRC), but the league’s governing body appealed the decision of the DRC and the matter has been referred by the Safa Arbitration to Fifa.
Although Pirates are pushing to challenge the Brazilians, they are also waiting to see how Fifa will rule on the matter involving the Zimbabwean forward.
Should Fiffa rule against the Urban Warriors, the league race could take a dramatic turn as Pirates could then be awarded the three points gained by Ajax in January, but Downs coach Pitso Mosimane is not losing his sleep over the Ndoro matter.
‘Jingles’ prefers to focus on his games rather than on boardroom issues because that will derail his men from their eighth PSL title chase.
“Why must I worry if Pirates want to win the other way?” asked Mosimane at their base in Chloorkop..
"If they can get it from the court or on the table‚ how am I going to influence that?” he asked. “Imagine that you worry about that and forget about the games that you are going to play,” he continued.
"You have to focus on the games that are in front of you‚ whatever the court says about Ndoro we will focus on winning on the pitch,” he insisted.
"When you win on the pitch‚ you won’t have somebody later coming to say that you won or you didn’t win,” he said.
Sundowns are set to face reigning champions Bidvest Wist on Saturday, while Pirates visit AmaZulu on Sunday, and Mosimane said they expect a tough encounter.
“The draw between SuperSport United and Pirates did not make any difference to us because we have to win against Wits‚" he revealed.
"If we win against Wits‚ then we will have a little bit relief but for now our advantage is only on paper,” said the former African champion.
“Wits are the defending champions and you know that coach Gavin Hunt will not want to lose to us,” said the 53-year-old.
"I think it’s going to be the same type of match like the one between SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates on Wednesday,” concluded Mosimane.