The delayed restart of the 2019/20 campaign was a blessing in disguise for Kaizer Chiefs, who could soon become eligible to sign players again should they successfully appeal their transfer ban.
Chiefs were slapped with the ban by Fifa back in February for violating transfer regulations in signing Andriamirado “Dax” Andrianarimanana from Madagascan club Fosa Juniors in 2018.
The dispute resolution chamber judgment signed by Fifa’s chief legal and compliance officer Emilio Silvero, which City Press has seen, showed that Fosa demanded a payment of €150 000 (R3 million) from Chiefs.
Had it not been for the lockdown and suspension of games, Chiefs would have been barred from signing players in the usual transfer window period as the deadline is August 31.
With September 22 to November 17 announced as the new transfer window ahead of the 2020/21 PSL season, Chiefs could be back in business in the transfer market.
The club will have its transfer ban appeal heard at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland on September 9. Should it successfully have the ban set aside, it could complete its transfer dealings in time for the start of the new campaign on October 9.
Club director Jessica Motaung told City Press that they were hoping for the best at CAS.
“We have noted that the window period dates have been confirmed. The dates are aligned with the restart of the new season,” Motaung said.
“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 more announcements.”
The ban has hovered like a dark cloud over the Naturena-based club, which prides itself on professionalism and having a good brand image.
Chiefs’ appeal will be led by Advocate Norman Arendse. When contacted to comment on the preparations for the case, Arendse said: “I cannot speak on the matter without permission by the client. I have had a number of enquiries about this case, but it’s not for me to comment on it.”
Meanwhile, as Chiefs attempt to reverse their ban, the other respondent in the matter, Dax, completed his four-month suspension in June. The midfielder could be in action for Black Leopards when they face Maritzburg United at FNB Stadium this afternoon.
“I’ve put what happened behind me and I am looking forward to the future. My focus is on Leopards,” said Dax.