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Ajax not concerned over Kanku threats 21/04/04
Ajax Cape Town boss John Comitis says that his club has not broken any rules by playing Mulekelayi Kanku and has dismissed protests by Manning Rangers as a desperate move to avoid relegation.

The DRC international has been in sparkling form for the Cape side this season and is one of the reasons that they have turned their fortunes around after flirting with relegation last season.

After Ajax's 2-1 victory over the struggling Mighty Maulers last week, the Durban side's Zambian international Lloyd Mumba revealed that he had played with Kanku at Zambian side Zanaco in 1999.

Mumba claims that at the time Kanku was registered as a Zambian by the name of Matthews Kamwashi, something which the Urban Warriors striker does not deny.

"It's nothing new and I also fell into that trap. I had left the Congo for Zambia during the unrest and eventually ended up at Zanaco FC," he told the Cape Times.

"Because of the political instability in the Congo, there was no way I could get myself cleared to play football in another country.

"The people at Zanaco then came up with the plan that I should play under an assumed name. They organised all the relevant papers. It was seemingly the only way I could resume my football career at the time."

Although Kanku has admitted to the offence, Comitis points out that this incident happened in the past and he feels that Ajax should not be made to pay for the wrong doing of a player while he was not part of the club.

"This is clearly a case for the Zambian football authorities, who were responsible for the player's registration at the time. (Kanku) is from the Congo, has until recently played for their national team and is properly registered as our player under his real name. That's all that matters.

"We can't act against a player for something he allegedly did wrong five years ago."

However, although Comitis is confident of not being docked points, PSL CEO Trevor Philips says that it is still a possibility and the matter has been refereed to the league's disciplinary committee.

Kaizer Chiefs will certainly be watching the outcome of this matter with interest as any points lost by Ajax would almost guarantee Amakhosi's chance of winning the league as they are already four points clear with a game in hand.

 

 

 

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