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BPL rid itself of old committee


In an effort to douse the raging flames engulfing the league, the Botswana Premier League (BPL) is said to have met and unanimously agreed to banish their executive committee before the new season commences, WeekendSport has learnt.


The now defunct committee consisted of Arnold Somolekae as Chairman, Monnakgotla Mojaki as vice, and Walter Kgabung as the treasurer together with Bennett Mamelodi occupying the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) post.


The league board which was under the stewardship of Arnold Somolekae, it seemed was only going in circles, but the idea to  assemble for a  leadership retreat over the past weekend is believed to be the first step for making things right at the league.

The board is reported to have resolved the long standing issue of autonomy that has obliterated their would be success story. In place of the executive committee, the board to further demonstrate their willingness to stand as an independent house adopted a management structure visibly practised both in England and of course, South Africa.


In moulding both a new and recognisable league house, Chairman of Township Rollers Walter Kgabung was elevated to the plum post, while Solomon Mantswe of Police XI was voted as his right hand man. In fact, a management committee was finally erected and the post occupied by Mantswe is now known as Marketing Chairman. He will lead the portfolio responsible for the overall promotion and advertising of the league house.

The move, as quick as it was, means that both Somolekae and Mojaki have fallen from the premier league radar, though they just assumed their duty early last season. It would seem that some irreconcilable differences that developed when the league was closing catalysed the idea of the full cleanse, leading to the birth of the new board.


Also in the management committee, is the Chairman of BMC FC- that has since changed its name to Gilport Lions- Kelisitse Gilika. He has been tasked to lead the committee responsible for drafting the league’s strategy. It dawned at the retreat that the league, powered by be-MOBILE was solely dependent on the BFA strategy which, in many occasions is static and behind time.


Newly voted Gaborone United Chairman Rapula Oakile is also in the mix, as the Chairman of the finance committee, filling the void left by Walter Kgabung as he moved to the helm of the board. This move has been well by many across the football spectrum.


While the league Chairman could not be reached, the league CEO Bennett Mamelodi, in a brief interview said, “It was a fruitful meeting; we talked and discussed our football business, and how we can improve going forward.”


“There are committees which were chosen to deal with different issues like sponsorship and finance,” he said.

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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.

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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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