The dust is yet to settle in the First Division South league as the battle for promotional playoffs continues.
Following the automatic qualification of Jwaneng’s Galaxy FC to the elite league, Mogoditshane Fighters and Uniao Flamengo Santos battle for the second spot is still on. The winner will play second placed team from First Division North to consequently claim the last space on the 16 team Premier League.
WeekendSport has established that although Fighters had hammered Santos over the weekend to claim second spot, the teams have to play again following fresh information that the Mogoditshane team has forfeiture points claimed against Ghanzi Terrors.
According to informants, the game between the two clubs (Fighters and Ghanzi Terrors) was called off after a player from Ghanzi Terrors assaulted the referee of the day. As a result, Fighters gained three points and two goals following Terrors’ punishment.
As fate will have it, reality struck a couple of moments after Fighters inflicted pain on the Gabane team to leapfrog them into second spot. It came to the fore that Fighters standing 3 points ahead of Santos benefited by such forfeiture points and according to the laws, the game between the Santos and Fighters has to be re-played.
Regulation 5.3 of BFA play rules and regulations categorically states that, “where teams gain goals and points through a forfeiture by others, and consequently qualify for a league championship, promotion to a higher league, or avoid relegation, and such gain has displaced other teams which would otherwise have qualified, or avoided relegation, the concerned teams shall have play offs and the winner(s) of such game shall qualify for the league championship or promotion to a higher league or avoid relegation”.
However, officials from both teams could not be drawn into discussing the issue while First Division South Chairman, Sydney Magagane only said, “We will look extensively into the issue and will make a pronouncement very soon.”
Fighters, led by former national team coach, Stanley Tshosane and its former player, Mpho Mabogo narrowly clinched a win again Santos to qualify for promotions but as things stand, their euphoria might as well be cut short owing to the forfeiture points they are currently carrying.
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