A questionable attempt by Letlapeng Football Club to lodge a protest against log leaders Mochudi Center chiefs for fielding a defaulter has not seen the light of the day after the disciplinary committee of the premier league poured cold water over their complaint on Thursday evening.
The Ramotswa based outfit submitted that Center Chiefs captain Pontsho Moloi was not supposed to play against their tie as he had accumulated an aggregate of 3 yellow cards. The premier league rookies guided by article 3.3 of BFA play rules and regulations submitted that Pontsho Moloi obtained his first yellow card of the season against Gaborone United game played on December 12, 2014.
They went on to show that his second yellow card came against Township Rollers game on 31st of January 2015 and the third yellow card which was to suspend him from playing the Letlapeng encounter came on the 26 of February 2015 against Maun based outfit, Sankoyo Bush Bucks.
While the log leaders did not dispute that, they confidently believed Letlapeng was on a wild goose chase and had no right whatsoever to lodge a protest against them. The Kgatleng giants who hammered the relegation haunted club 3-1, submitted that their captain had in fact collected 5 yellow cards prior to Letlapeng encounter, and if anything, Police XI was the rightful team to have protested.
They successfully argued that Letlapeng who badly wanted the three points to increase their chances of survival, were ignorant in soliciting the yellow cards given to Moloi. They showed without wavering that Letlapeng counted Moloi’s cards from the ‘end to the beginning.’
According to records submitted by Magosi, their influential captain received his first yellow card against BDF XI and his second yellow card was against Township Rollers tie. It is then that he received his third yellow card against GU, and not the first one as Letlapeng had earlier indicated.
This therefore meant the next fixture of Chiefs was against Police XI who could have protested because Moloi featured then, carrying the aggregate of three yellow cards. Because the Jungle Kings sat on their right to protest, time and events surpassed the protest.
Chiefs media liaison Clifford Mogomotsi said after the case the team has been focused from the beginning of the season and nothing should distract them while on nearing the destination. “Yes Letlapeng ‘s protest has been dismissed and our three points are not going anywhere, records show that Police XI should be the ones arguing, not Letlapeng,” he said.
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
With many being of the view that the state of football in Botswana has deteriorated significantly as it is no longer appealing to the business community, this was a good week for the football community. The Botswana Football Association (BFA) leadership under the stewardship of MacLean Letshwiti secured sponsorship for a combined value of P19. 3 million for the FA Cup competition and the First Division league – both South and North.