Tafic defender Samuel Phiri has been suspended for 15 premier league matches for his part in a scuffle between his teammates and Township Rollers players.
Sources speaking with the publication say the Botswana Premier League Disciplinary Committee (BPL DC) will release the judgment in the not-so-distant future. This effectively means the defender is out of all Tafic remaining games this season. Phiri is also expected to pay P 5 000 fee within 7 days and was warned never repeat the mistake. Sources say P 5. 000 fee is a standard charge for all perpetrators of the football game.
Rollers duo of Joel Mogorsi and Mthokosize Msomi have also been charged with same amount. This week, Security Systems goalkeeper coach Kagiso Tshelametsi was also reprimanded for misconduct and was requested to pay the same amount. It is not yet clear if Phiri pleaded guilty to the charges of misconduct and bringing the game of football into disrepute, but what stand out strong is the fact that the Zimbabwean defender will never kick the ball until the season ends.
Phiri was accused of starting a hailstorm of blows in a premier league game between TAFIC and Township Rollers played under flood- lights at the University of Botswana Stadium. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. He was red carded for elbowing Rollers striker Msomi in an off the ball incident. While he was expected to take a long of shame to the dressing room, the defender turned to slap another Rollers attacking player Edwin Moalosi. It was when the pandemonium began with Rollers players(notably Mogorosi and Msomi) acting on retaliation, kicking back the defender, whom reports say he has a bad history of misconduct in the field of play.
Also dragged before D.C jury is Tafic head coach Rapelang Tsatsilebe. He is believed to be awaiting his judgment. The coach was, too, red carded as both technical team coaches exchanged harsh words. Phiri now leaves Tafic struggling in the relegation zone with 21 points from 19 games. Tafic followers accuse him for his way ward behavior and still believe he let the team down on many occasions. On one hand, the disciplinary committee is of the view that the player showed remorse and need to be guided going forwarded. “Banning him from the football game altogether will mean ending his football career,” a source shared.
The Manchester United defender will now focus on his club career having made 93 caps for France, appearing at three world cups and on European championship. The Les Bleus won the World cup in 2018 and Raphael Varane started all but one of France’s matches in Qatar as they finished as runners up to Argentina
With many being of the view that the state of football in Botswana has deteriorated significantly as it is no longer appealing to the business community, this was a good week for the football community. The Botswana Football Association (BFA) leadership under the stewardship of MacLean Letshwiti secured sponsorship for a combined value of P19. 3 million for the FA Cup competition and the First Division league – both South and North.