NO CRISIS AT THE BFA: Tebogo Sebego wants Premier League to fix its mess, and the mother body is ready to help
The ongoing pandemonium at the Botswana Premier League has forced the Botswana Football Association (BFA) president, Tebogo Sebego to apologise to the sponsor beMobile and supporters of football. This orchestra comes at a critical time when Sebego is the middle of campaign to be re-elected President of the association again in July.
At a media conference on Thursday it could be seen from a distance that the issue which has brought football into a standstill is evoking deep thinking from the BFA president.
At the top of the president’s concern is the sponsor who bailed out premier league football in 2008 when a smoke of uncertainty engulfed local top division soccer.
But one thing he made certain and put it on record:
“There is no crisis in Botswana football, crisis is at Premier League, one of the constituents of the local football,” Sebego stated. Further, he said: “I would like to apologize to the sponsors, beMobile and the supporters who have been thronging the stadiums in large numbers.”
The official calendar of the Premier League concluded a fortnight ago with Mochudi Centre Chiefs being paraded in isolation as champions after Township Rollers were docked 10 points for using a defaulter, Ofentse Nato. But all these events were allowed to happen despite the fact that Township Rollers has appealed the decision. As things stand Botswana football is being played on the judicial tables and this has been a cause of concern ever since March when it was announced that Ofentse Nato of Township Rollers is a defaulter.
The BFA President has however remained unequivocal that the teams followed the right procedures when dealing with this matter. “Was Gilport Lions not right to lodge a protest? I submit not; Were Rollers wrong to submit an appeal to the NDC or CAS? I submit not; Was the NDC wrong on interpreting a judgment on Friday? I submit not, because each structure has its own right to do what they deem right.”
The BFA acknowledges the current confusion in local football, and will soon host a workshop aimed at helping club administrators equip themselves with requisite know-how when it comes to registration of international players. “This issue does not only affect our local, but the rest of Africa; and we saw it fit to host the workshop so that administrators could learn,” Sebego said.
Sports commentators have said the Nato saga has the potential to scare away investors and supporters.
Sebego who has been accused of not intervening on the matter because of toxic atmosphere at Lekidi Centre rubbished those reports saying that the judicial structures are autonomous and there was no how he was supposed to intervene. Sebego is a lawyer by training and he respects judicial structures of the association and he is confident that such structures are manned by capable individuals.
The matter is set drag for a little longer further putting the football fraternity into confusion as Mochudi Centre Chiefs has appealed the reversal of docking Rollers 10 points while on the other hand Rollers case at CAS is still pending. Activities of BPL have been halted indefinitely.
Athletics is one of the sporting activities that for many years has been consistently performing extremely well in international competitions. One of the reasons is the availability of qualified and experienced coaches, who have been working tirelessly on the ground to ensure that they scout talent and develop more athletes.
For the first time after eons, football clubs plying their trade in the elite league are walking in the shadow of the undefined with nothing concrete agreed and on sight before the commencement of the football season.