Kaizer Chiefs are hoping that things don’t go from bad to worse as they appeal their transfer ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) on Wednesday.
Amakhosi are reeling after surrendering the Absa Premiership title to Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday. After 13 months at the top of the log table, Chiefs let it slip on the last day of the league race when they drew 1-1 with Baroka.
Amakhosi are now headed to court where they want to overturn the Fifa ruling that bans them from signing players for two transfer windows.
Chiefs were sanctioned for violating transfer regulations when they signed midfielder Andriamirado “Dax” Andrianarimanana from Madagascan club Fosa Juniors in 2018.
When they signed Dax, Chiefs claimed that he was playing in an amateur league and refused to pay Fosa’s undisclosed asking price. Instead, Chiefs made an offer of $25 000 (about R425 000) which Fosa rejected. They are now suing Chiefs for €150 000 (R3 million).
If they lose the appeal, this will have huge consequences for the club looking to overhaul the squad after their spectacular league implosion. It means Chiefs will have to stick with the current underperforming players as they will be unable to sign new players.
The PSL announced that the new transfer window will run from September 22 to November 17.
Chiefs management have gone to ground since their title loss and could not be reached for comment.
However, in an earlier interview with City Press, club director Jessica Motaung said: “We have noted that the [transfer] window dates have been confirmed. The dates are aligned with the restart of the new season. We cannot at this stage pre-empt the outcome of our appeal with CAS.
“The club will have to wait for the outcome of the appeal on September 9 before we can make any move or announcements.”
The Glamour Boys have been linked with a few players especially from the now defunct Bidvest Wits, but the ban has put the brakes on any potential pre-contract deals.
Chiefs’ appeal will be led by Advocate Norman Arendse SC.