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BPL powerless over Galaxy case

The Disciplinary Committee (DC) of the Botswana Premier League (BPL) has failed to provide a reasonable kind of relief for Jwaneng Galaxy Football Club who had wanted Township Rollers to be awarded soft points against Miscellaneous S.C.

Galaxy who finished the league on position two and also two points behind champions Rollers are aggrieved by the football associations’ decision to agree to reverse of fixtures that would later trigger undesirable pandemonium before the season ended. On the 7th of May, Galaxy launched a protest against a decision taken to order a re fixture of the Miscellaneous and Rollers game. Galaxy were leading the role more especially that they stood a chance of winning the league for the first time.  It is in record that, should Galaxy succeed, they will play a deciding game with Rollers.

It is understood that the said re fixture had been ordered  via a letter dated  29th April 2019 in a communiqué  authored by the chief executive officer of the football association. It is clear that the re-fixture was ordered by BFA NEC and all parties in this dispute are in agreement that this was the position.

However, the DC noted that Galaxy’s protest did not elicit any response and it is why on 31st of May the Jwaneng based outfit authored another letter seeking an update on the matter. DC also states that, at that stage, the matter had not been brought to their attention.
This explains why on June 4th, the BPL prosecutor wrote to the Galaxy effectively stating that as a lower structure, they could not deal with the matter.

This response did not sit well with Galaxy and the team did not waste time in writing another letter seeking audience with BPL DC. In their eyes, they felt the dilly dallying by BFA benefitted nobody else but Rollers. Galaxy were content that various provisions of the BFA constitution had been broken by NEC to order a re- fixture. Therefore, the club prayed that the committee set aside the decision and order that the Rollers be given soft points. Galaxy argued this at length because Miscellaneous had failed to honour a game that was properly fixtured by the BPL.

In trying to understand their case, BPL DC perused the BFA constitution and study article 12.53.1. The said article provides that all matters of football shall vest in the premier league board.  To further asses the matter, the DC evoked article 12.5.3.2.2 which provides that the BPL board shall, through set structures, resolve disputes between clubs, players, officials and members.

An argument later emerged that there was nowhere in the constitution that give BFA NEC entitlement to intervene in matters specifically reserved for the board. That is why another argument stood out that NEC in so intervening violated the provisions of the constitution.
However, a dead end was reached upon realization that Galaxy failed beyond doubt to prove that BPL DC was the appropriate structure that could deal with the matter.

“After the concession by the complainant that there is no jurisdiction there was a request that we still make a determination on the propriety of the decision taken by NEC. In our view that will amount to second guessing of the NEC. In any event, we cannot make a finding that we have no power to deal with matter and then on the other hand express an opinion on the legality of the said decision. That, with great respect will be contradictory in terms,” the DC said.

Galaxy was preparing to write to world football governing body FIFA, to request audience on the matter. It is said they have a winnable case in their hands but BFA President Mac Lean Letshwiti has since negotiated with them to drop the matter in the best interest of football.

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Cooper, Galaxy deal explained 

7th December 2021
Cooper

This week, the 2019/2020 league champions, Jwaneng Galaxy, announced the signing of former Lusaka Dynamos midfielder Mothusi Cooper for a period of six months.

Cooper, a 23-year-old versatile midfielder, terminated his contract with Lusaka Dynamos a few months ago due to unpaid salaries and signing-on fees. Cooper had joined the Zambian giants from Township Rollers.

In an interview with this publication this week, Tankiso Morake, Galaxy Public Relations Officer (PRO), said their head coach, Morena Ramoreboli, recommended the club to bolster their midfield.

“We felt it was necessary for us as Galaxy to increase our depth in the midfield; fortunately, Cooper was available since he has been declared a free agent,” Morake alluded.

“It is an advantage for us as Galaxy to sign a player of Cooper calibre, though we are not saying we don’t have good players. We just wanted to give the coach what he wants and also add more depth to our squad,” he said.

“It will grant coach more quality players since we are playing the CAF Championship group stage, the league games and also the Orange FA Cup.”

According to Morake, the deal favours both the player and his agent, as it will give the 23-year-old the opportunity to attract interest abroad due to participation in the CAF Championship group stages.

When contacted for comment, Bakang Moipone, who is the player’s agent, said: “The intention was never to go for a local move, but the most unfortunate thing is that as much as we had offers from other teams in Zambia, South Africa, and North Africa and also trying to poach something from Europe, it is challenging to find a foreign player slot during the January transfer window.”

Furthermore, Moipone revealed that the clubs which were interested in his services did not have the foreign slot available to register the versatile midfielder.

“We concluded by saying the player cannot wait until June without having a club; hence we opted for a local move for six months knowing that we will be able to get a club during the winter transfer window,” the player agent noted.

“We received several offers from local teams such as Rollers, Gaborone United, Orapa United and Galaxy, and it was him (Cooper) who chose Galaxy since they have qualified for the CAF Championship group stage as he believes it will give him international exposure and also create more options for him for an oversea move.”

Moipone highlighted that the move to Galaxy was not monetary. The ultimate reason was for the player to gain match fitness while anticipating moving abroad in June to further his professional career.

Meanwhile, it is reported that the former senior national team head coach Adel Amrouche is had secured a lucrative deal for troubled Zebras star Cooper.

The player, recently on Lusaka Dynamos books, is anticipated to move abroad once the 2021/2021 season ends.

The club’s name remains unknown, but sources speculate that the player will land in a team based in Belgium.

Cooper will be the third player whose overseas move is masterminded by Amrouche after secured deals for Kabelo Seakanayeng and Tumisang Orebonye to Olympique Khouribga, a club based in Morocco.

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F/town Chess tourney returns with improved prizes

7th December 2021
Chess

Despite the disruptions of the COVID-19 scourge to the chess fraternity calendar of events, the First Capital Bank Festive Chess Showdown tournament returns this year with improved prizes.

The tournament, which started in 2019 with a sponsorship of P22 000, will proceed with this year’s an increased backing from P42 000 to P50 000. The adjustment prompted the organizers to increase the prizes across sections. Scheduled to take place in Francistown from the 11th-13thof December, the tournament has seen a steadfast growth in sponsorship and attracting high profile players during the two years.

According to the event organizer Thapelo Molefe, the total sponsorship amounts to P49 945, a gesture that allowed them to increase prizes by 14%. The prestige section, which generally attracts highly rated players, has a top prize of P4200, an increase from P3600, while the open section got a P1000 increase to P3000. The ladies section now attracts a prize of P2000 from the previous P1800. However, the Under 18 and development section awards remain unchanged at P1500 and P300.

“The deal is solid and beneficial to both parties so that it won’t stop anytime soon. We have a telepathic understanding with the bank; they have social responsibility at the core of their business. There isn’t much of a difference except the increase in prize monies. Foreign internationals have always graced our events in numbers, and we look forward to having them again in our third installment of this magnificent undertaking,” said Molefe.

The last edition was won by Gaasite Sebetlela and WCM Refilwe Gabatshwarwe in the open and ladies section, respectively, while Monnatsheko Keletshabile emerged the champion in the prestige section.

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P700k for GU players

7th December 2021
Gu-Players

Morale inside Gaborone United camp is high with the team oozing with confidence and licking their lips to lift the Orange FA trophy, as the team has been assured to share the P700k first prize amongst themselves should they win.

The promise was made by the club Chief financier Nicholas Zachem earlier this year as part of motivating the team following a long spell of football thirst and hunger. The players and the technical team are looking at the big carrot that has been dangled before them and have never looked back.

GU has been marauding other teams, going down for the first time 1-2 against BDF X1. The Innocent Morapedi and Pontsho Moloi mentored side is currently on 2nd position on the league log with 15 points after six games, only a point separate them with log leaders Township Rollers.

The Reds are also in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and are facing stubborn Jwaneng Galaxy in what could be a litmus test for them. Their in-form forward Thatayaone Kgamanyane is expected to lead the attack to eliminate Galaxy and face either Township Rollers or Masitaoka in the finals.

The high flying club has managed five clean sheets this season, with their goalkeeper Goitseone Phoko even voted player of the month.  “It’s a great feeling to have been chosen as player of the month. The award will motivate me to perform to my level best in every game. As much as this award is mine, I would like to thank my teammates who have contributed immensely in ensuring that I keep those clean sheets,” said Phoko after pocketing P1000 cash for his toil.

GU Brand and Marketing Manager, Herbert Letsebe said the club decided to introduce monthly awards to motivate players. “This is a build up to our end of the season awards where will crown player of the season and other individual awards,” he said.

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