The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed Kaizer Chiefs’ appeal against a ban from signing any new players for two transfer windows.
This means Amakhosi will not be able to register new players in the current transfer window and the 2020/21 season’s second window in January.
Chiefs had hoped to overturn the December 2019 sentence imposed on the club for illegally signing Madagascan midfielder Andriamirado “Dax” Andrianarimanana in 2018. Malagasy outfit Fosa Juniors lodged a complaint stating that Chiefs didn’t compensate the team for the player.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport confirmed its decision in a media statement.
"In such decision, the FIFA DRC noted that the Player (Andriamirado Aro Hasina Andrianamimanana) and Kaizer Chiefs entered into a new contract when the Player was still under contract with Fosa Juniors FC/Madagascar. Given these circumstances, the FIFA DRC concluded that the Player unilaterally terminated the Employment Contract with Fosa Juniors FC without just cause.
"As a consequence, the Player was ordered, together with Kaizer Chiefs FC, to jointly and severally pay a compensation of MGA 157’572’000 (approx. USD 40’000) to Fosa Juniors FC. In addition, a four-month period of ineligibility was imposed on the Player, and Kaizer Chiefs FC was banned from registering any new players either nationally or internationally for two entire and consecutive registration periods,” said the Switzerland-based arbitration court.
It continued: "The CAS Panel in charge of this matter has dismissed the appeal and confirmed the Challenged Decision in its entirety”.
CAS’ decision has thrown into uncertainty the future of players who have been training with Amakhosi in the hope of the ban would be lifted.
Former Bidvest Wits left-back, Sifiso Hlanti, has been training with the team, while ex-Wits stars Phathutshedzo Nange, Kgaogelo Sekgota and Buhle Mkhwanazi have also been rumoured to be looking to Chiefs as a new home.