DEFIANT BPL: Premier League Board, without former chairman Kgabung,has challenged their suspension
The unyielding Botswana Premier League (BPL) board is growing more defiant in the face of the suspension slapped on them by the Botswana Football Association (BFA).
The board is readying for potentially gruesome battles with the mother body over decisions they believe were taken on ‘emotional grounds’. According to information gathered by this publication, the board has moved swiftly, taking a jab at the BFA for first holding an unconstitutional meeting and secondly for inviting certain members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) allegedly close to the President Tebogo Sebego’s heart to suspend them.
A total of 9 chairpersons have prepared and signed a demanding letter challenging their suspension, and it is reportedly on its way to the President’s desk. The letter, seen by WeekendSport reads in part, ‘‘ it is not our intention herein to address each and every charge, allegation or what you term incidents of misconduct, such will be addressed at the appropriate time, including providing necessary documentary evidence to demonstrate that the charges levelled against the board are frivolous. The Board‘s concern is with the illegal gathering that was convened by the President and his lackeys that took the decision to suspend us.’’
The board is of the view that on July 15th 2016, the secretary of BFA sent an invitation to the special meeting of the BFA NEC, which was to be held at Lekidi Football Association on Wednesday 20th July, starting from 0830HRS.
The board said their suspension was never part of the agenda item and as such will not grow weary in showcasing that this has been a plan manufactured by certain individuals to oust them. ‘‘We hereby advise you that the board shall ignore such resolutions and shall continue to discharge its constitutional mandate of running the affairs pertaining to football in the Premier League,’’ the letter reads.
The board draws inspiration and out ward confidence from the fact that the chairman of the board, Okaile Rapula who also sits in the National Executive Committee was in the dark when the meeting to suspend them was convened. ‘‘We are informed by the chairperson, that the NEC meeting concluded at approximately 1500hrs by a closing prayer by Mr Motai. After closure of the meeting and since there was no further business to be attended to, nor had any indication been given that there shall be an additional agenda item, especially dealing with the Premier League, which the chairperson represents in the NEC, he duly left,’’ the letter stressed.
Sebego ‘s NEC suspended the board a week ago for condoning a match between Jwaneng Galaxy and Mochudi Centre Chiefs on 7th May 2016, which was against the wishes of the sponsor.
Another wrong was found in the board when they wrote to the Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) to interfere with a premier league lawful playoff match.
The board transgressed again when they flatly refused to reinstate suspended league CEO, Bennett Mamelodi and his Personal Assistant (PA). Sebego had previously instructed them to recall Mamelodi as his charges were dropped. Instead, the board applied for a rejoinder to further argue Mamelodi’s case as respondents.
The Premier League board has again in another instance taken the BFA to court in a case involving the BPL CEO.
Both BPL and BFA refused to shed more light on the issue, but FIFA development officer Ashford Mamelodi believes that ‘‘it is a matter that is ignited by factions and on coming general elections’’.
He hopes that everything will be back to normal after the elections that have been moved to August 13.
After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.
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
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