Cosmos facing possible points deduction

Jomo Sono (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Jomo Sono (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Jomo Cosmos’ relegation worries could be about to increase, should the club lose three points for fielding a player that was not properly registered.

According to a report in the Sowetan, the South African Football Association (SAFA) have lodged an official complaint with the Premier Soccer League (PSL), alleging that Ezenkosi played goalkeeper Thabo Modiba without a proper International transfer clearance certificate.

The South African-born Modiba left the country last season to play for Windhoek Orlando Pirates in Namibia, having previously played for local side Dolphins FC. He received his international transfer clearance certificate from SAFA to allow him to play in Namibia.

But having returned to South Africa after signing for Cosmos in December, the player failed to receive an international transfer clearance certificate; from the Namibia Football Association.
Ezenkosi then reportedly registered Modiba with the PSL while claiming to have signed him from Dolphins, rather than his team in Windhoek, which is where the problem arises.

The shot-stopper has played in only two matches – a 1-0 win over Kaizer Chiefs and a 2-0 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns.

As per PSL rules, Cosmos could lose the three points they gained against Chiefs.

The PSL appear set to take the case to arbitration to speed things up, as there are only three games left in the season.

Cosmos, who are one position and three points above the drop zone, next face Ajax Cape Town in the Mother City tonight

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