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Chiefs appeal soft points reversal

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Mochudi Centre Chiefs has also forwarded an appeal to the BFA National Disciplinary Committee after the DC reversed the decision to dock Township Rollers of 10 points after Ofentse Nato was declared a defaulter.

All Botswana Premier league (BPL) events are suspended indefinitely as the relevant structures deal with the protests and appeals. Chiefs is of the view that Nato has been declared a defaulter hence Rollers should forefeit points in all the games that he participated. Chiefs is an interested party because this will make them champions despite failuing to collect maximum points on the field of play.  

Local football has been swimming in a mist of confusion for the past three months with Township Rollers midfielder Ofentse Nato at the thick of things.

Cases were filed through the relevant BPL and BFA judicial structures but without any progress as the authorities kept on flip-flopping on their decisions.

BFA National Disciplinary Committee made a judgment on the 26th of April that Rollers be docked 3 points for their game against Gilport Lions and be fined P1000 for any other game Nato played using article 6.2.2 of the play rules and regulations.

The judgment further ordered the BPL DC to evoke article 6.2.1 when charging Rollers.

The BPL Chairman Rapula Okaile then directed that Rollers be docked 10 points for the games that the Mogobane born player had featured in using article 6.2.1 of play rules and regulations that any information of a defaulter should be punished by docking points as per the NDC order.

This saw Chiefs being crowned BPL champions a fortnight ago; however the BFA NDC last Friday reversed Okaile’s decision, further causing more confusion.

This week it was another circus; the BPL DC led by Busang Manewe took the decision that Rollers be only fined P1000 in the two games using article 6.2.2 as Police XI withdrew their case.

It was contended that both Chiefs and Miscellaneous failed to follow the protests procedure of filing within seven days as per article 9.3 of the play rules and regulations; hence they are not entitled to the remedies that should be directed to those who followed procedure as per Kgosietsile Ngakaagae’s arguments.

However article 6.2.1 clearly states that if the protest, complaint or any information reaches the attention of the DC within 30 days, points shall be forfeited.

As per the BFA NDC directive that the log be released only after the cases have been presided over, it means Rollers could be at the summit of the log with 67points, followed by rivals Chiefs with 62 points and Orapa with 60 points. However it will take longer before these administrative brawls are put to bed.

According to the Chiefs media relations head, Clifford Mogomotsi, this turmoil will prevail until all the structures have been exhausted. He revealed that they have already filed an appeal with the BFA NDC for justice to take its cause because it has been admitted that the player is a defaulter.

“We filed this morning, we will have to use all the available structures but firstly we will have to appeal at NDC and if we fail, just like they did we will go to Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) too,” he told Weekendsport on Thursday.

This means pending the hearing of Chiefs appeal at the NDC and possibly CAS, the league activities will remain on ice to avoid scenes similar to those witnessed in Jwaneng two weeks ago.

This will further delay progress as by far the BPL was only left with one item in their agenda- BPL AGM. Football commentator Molatlhegi Mangole also believes that the decision taken on Wednesday overruled that of the superior body, the BFA NDC.

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