By Joana Arries-Tagoe

The Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS] has dismissed Kaizer Chiefs appeal, meaning the Soweto club side will remain unable to sign players for the next two transfer windows, with July 2021 now the earliest that new registrations can be made.

“The Court of Arbitration for Sport Panel has dismissed Kaizer Chiefs’ appeal and confirmed FIFA’s DRC decision,” the club announced via its twitter handle.

“This means the Club will not be able to register any player for two consecutive transfer windows,” it added.

Read the full statement from CAS below:

“The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has issued its decision in the appeal filed by the Malagasy player Andriamirado Aro Hasina Andrianarimanana(the Player) and the South African club Kaizer Chiefs FC (collectively, the Appellants), against the decision rendered by the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) on 5 December 2019(the Challenged Decision).

In such decision, the FIFA DRC noted that the Player and Kaizer Chiefs entered into a new contract when the Player was still under contract with Fosa JuniorsFC/Madagascar. Given these circumstances, the FIFA DRC concluded that the Player unilaterally terminated the Employment Contract with Fosa Juniors 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. The CAS Panel in charge of this matter has dismissed the appeal and confirmed the Challenged Decision in its entirety.”

This is a major blow for Amakhosi, who now have to try challenge for titles with the same squad as last season despite having held talks with a few players to bring them on board.