Tshelametsi fined for misconduct
Blundering Kagiso Tshelamentsi, who is Security Systems Football Club’s goalkeeper coach, has been charged by the Botswana Premier League Disciplinary Committee (BPL DC) for using derogatory words towards match officials.
The former Zebras number 1 goal stopper is said to have used the derogatory statements during their Mascom Top 8 game against finalists Orapa United at Itekeng Stadium on December 8th last year. The committee has since delivered a judgment that will see the goal keeper missing three games and paying a P 5. 000 fine.
The DC says the goal keeper coach used abusive language contrary to Article 14.4 of the BFA play rules and regulations, and that was his first charge. His second charge relates to contravention of Article 25.6, being that he brought the game of football into disrepute.
The DC argued that the prosecution has tendered evidence in the form of a match referee’s report and the match commissioner’s report all confirming Tshelametsi’s utterances. To further solidify their stand, the jury said Tshelametsi was given a red card for his abusive words at the same venue.
It is said that a discrepancy arose when the case was deliberated. WeeekendSport learnt that both the match commissioner’s report and the referee’s submissions did not agree on the status of Tshelametsi as the respondent. The referee’s report indicated that Tshelametsi is a goalkeeper but the commissioner’s submission proved that the official in question is a goalkeeper coach which the jury has corrected. It is said Tshelametsi wanted to escape through that loophole but later accepted that he was the goalkeeper coach and not goalkeeper on the day.
However, Tshelametsi denied ever uttering the words. The goalkeeper coach said he was quite shocked to receive the charges and saw the words for the first time in the charge sheet. He however conceded that he was sent off during the said match. Tshelametsi said he was sent off for his persistent dissent. But what raised eyebrows was the goalkeeper coach’s submission that it was the fourth official who sent him off and not the referee as per the football rule.
The DC argued that Tshelametsi was not telling the truth and rather the referee sent him off for unpalatable utterances. Tshelametsi is expected to pay the P 5000 before 14 working days elapse. He was also warned against any future contraventions of the play rules and regulations. Morever, Tshelametsi was reminded of his right to appeal the ruling within 10 working days.
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The agreement between the BFA and the Fédération Moroccan Football Association states that the two nations will work together to organize friendly matches between their respective national teams. It also allows the establishment of football camps for the youth categories (U-15, U-17, and U-20), this includes women’s national teams.
The national team has played over 180 minutes in its two qualifying matches against Tunisia and Libya. Currently, the Zebras, Lesotho and Liberia are the only teams that haven’t scored yet in the competition (this is correct by press time on Friday).
Before the match against Equatorial Guinea match, the local boys who were once known as the whipping boys of Africa in the early 2000s, were languishing at the bottom of the log standings in group J. They lost their first match away to Libya on June 1, 2022. However, they managed to salvage a point against Tunisia last year.
Before the team left for Equatorial Guinea, coach Mpote urged his players to focus on keeping their hopes of making a return trip to the AFCON finals alive after an 11 year absence since the maiden appearance in 2012. He noted that they would not allow their opponents to score and would ensure that they would get a draw.
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Despite the recent results of the Guinean team, which have only managed to draw with Rwanda and Togo in their last six matches, coach Mpote is still confident that his team will perform well against the hosts.
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