Scandal hit Extension Gunners faces a possibility of plunging deeper into unchartered football waters as Botswana Football Association (BFA) continues to tighten screws of club licensing requirements.
The consequences are so devastating that the Lobatse based club might find itself relegating to lower football structures, sources have said.The association is preparing to issue a final warning against the club whose relationship with the mother body has been rocky since day one. At the beginning of the season, the club started on a wrong footing after six points were deducted for having overdue payables in respect of one Ronald Francis Olaki and Thabiso Mabachi.
First Instance Body (FIB) a structure under BFA wing, granted the club a provisional license under some certain conditions. The move was to enable the club to put its house in order, failing which results would not be pleasing.This week, the body perused, once again, the files of the club and found out that no progress was made. Sources say the association is unimpressed with the club’s conduct in the face of ballooning football demands.It is said that the club will further lose points for failing to come up with an agreement with players and coaches on how the team will pay them.
As things stand, the club is struggling to keep its house in order following mass resignations of committee members.According to BFA findings, the team is operating without a General Manager and has failed to submit audited financial reports. There are plethora of garnishee regarding the team and the association says all these warrant point deductions.Furthermore, the association says it is finding it difficult to deal with the club because of its warring factions.However, one team official who prefers anonymity said the club has long written to the association calling for intervention before things fell apart, but no response is coming.
Gunners through their old but distressed committee wrote to BFA on the 11th of October to ask for extension of a deadline to deal with their debt.“We would like to appeal to your esteemed committee to allow us three weeks to resolve our outstanding dues with our previous employees. Our issue is complicated in the sense that we have a group which has convened an illegal gathering which has since brought disrepute to the club,” part of the letter reads.Gunners’ administrative wars have also trickled down into the field of play. The club has lost experienced players and no available coach is willing to work for them.
The team is sitting on the 11th spot after a round of 17 games. They have collected 14 points, their worst start of the season since 2009 when BTC, the outgoing title sponsors came to the game.
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.