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BBA ships out top referee to SA league

The Botswana Basketball Association has followed suit a nascent sporting trend of the exportation of local sporting officials to advanced foreign leagues.

The local basketball federation late last week revealed its exportation of a home grown referee to the advanced and professional South African Basketball league. Even though the association’s export had arrived at the South African league in the middle of the season, Mothusi Phokoje ended up bagging the rights to officiate the South African Basketball National League championship finals.

The high flying referee who officiates in the South African league out of Botswana every weekend displayed mystification at being head hunted by the South Africans attributing his accomplishments to hard work and talent, before saying, “I was lost for words, maybe they liked what they saw in me.”

Phokoje’s talent and his involvement in the  Basketball National League of South Africa has also seen him being roped in to officiate at the Austrian division 1 men’s league which is the country’s top flight league and another  tournament for a period of a month in the coming future.

Phokoje who expressed extraordinary buoyancy in the fortunes of the local Basketball league said that Botswana has basketball talent but its shortfall come to be that the country’s federation isn’t financially stable as the South African’s.

Phokoje expressly stated that, “the country could have more than two people who are of superior talent than the South Africans, in all honesty the gap between Botswana and South African basketball is not that wide.”

He continued to highlight the East Asian country of South Korea’s success in producing the world’s largest number of referees officiating in the European super leagues and the world’s top tier basketball championships as a trail Botswana has to reflect charting.

Phokoje who is the first Motswana to ply his trade in Basketball National League of South Africa’s theatre of sporting officialdom, characterised his stay in the neighbouring country south of Molopo as a successful refereeing experience.

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6th February 2023

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

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Mason Greenwood attempted rape charges dropped

2nd February 2023

Charges of attempted rape and assault have been dropped against Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood who was arrested in January 2022 after the allegations emerged.

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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