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First Division North rocked by Match fixing

Allegations of match fixing have surfaced at Debswana First Division North (FDN) league as pressure to gain automatic promotion to the elite league intensifies, WeekendSport has learnt.


Information seen by this publication suggests that teams, especially those that have plied their trade in the elite league before, who want to bounce back have turned to employing desperate measures and underhand tactics for survival. Motlakase Power Dynamos wrote to both FDN and Botswana Football Association (BFA) Friday last week and want a matter in which some BR Highlanders officials are alleged to have bribed some players to fake injuries in last Saturday’s clash investigated.


Motlakase, prior to last Saturday’s encounter with Highlanders had lost once to Tafic before being thrashed 1-3 by the Mahalapye based side. This loss fuelled beliefs by Chouka that indeed the calls to their players by BR officials worked as the players were not focused when they faced the side. “Our players received calls from BR officials to fake injuries and come up with silly excuses before the game, like ‘my mum is ill’. They were bought airtime, groceries and electricity as kickbacks! These happened to about five players in our team,” Motlakase Secretary, Thusang Israel said.


Motlakase is currently third on the log with 19 points while BR is on position 2 with 20 points. A complaint letter dated 30/11/2016 written to BFA and copied to FDN partly read thus; “we hereby wish to register a formal complaint for BFA attention on unsporting and unethical conduct by BR officials.”
The letter which was directed to the BFA ethics committee continued, “There were persistent calls to our players prior to our game for 3/12/16. Details and dates can be provided. Calls to our coach prior to that game discouraging him by asking him why he is fighting so hard at Motlakase when he is not paid like other coaches.”


BR, according to the letter recruited Motlakase players and contacted them to sign pre-contracts before the game. Besides “they promised our players to link them with national team if they resign from Motlakase,” read the letter.  BR Highlanders coach, Oris Radipotsane and Secretary Moditsane Lebole are former Motlakase officials. Lebole has been singled out to be the main culprit as investigations by Motlakase officials lead them to his mobile number. Lebole however when contacted referred this reporter to the team manager, Witness Phuthego on the matter.


“These are just mind games, there is nothing of that sort, our team is prepared,” Phuthego said. Israel, added that after learning about this ‘illicit’ act they addressed the players on Thursday afternoon before penning a letter to the relevant authorities. BFA acting CEO Lawrence Susan could not answer Weekendsport enquiries on the matter as she was preparing for yesterday’s (Friday) board meeting.


“The message is directed to the BFA, they just copied to us to be aware as their principals,” FDN Secretary Rapula Gaothobogwe said. Tafic is currently perched at the summit of the log followed by BR and Motlakase while Sowa Flamingoes closes the top four bracket.

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According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .

BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.

The alleged breaches include ,  breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.

The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018

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Mason Greenwood attempted rape charges dropped

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The 21-year-old was arrested in January last year amid allegations surrounding images and videos that emerged online.

He was later charged with attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the charges were discontinued after a key witness withdrew their involvement.

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Raphael Varane announces retirement from international football after 10 years of service.

2nd February 2023

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

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