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Dingake’s sticky wicket with BFA

Martin Dingake, the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the Botswana Football Association (BFA) finds himself in difficult situations with the football federation leadership following a series of judgments he pronounced, many of them leaving the association dissatisfied.

As early as last week, Dingake presided over a case in which BFA was pitted against members of the First Division North committee. The seven committee members were suspended by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the association on allegations of office abuse and inability to account for funds.

The case, as per the protocol and legal understanding of the BFA constitution, was handed to Dingake to investigate and later make a ruling with his committee.However, the association’s rank and file members complain that Dingake took his time and sat on the matter until it became rather too late to act. It became a case of ‘justice delayed is justice denied’ for the suspended committee.

However, when Dingake finally presided over the matter and passed judgment, BFA was not only left with an egg on the face, but also disappointed that the Chairman sat alone, without the accord and input of his committee to pass judgment-who now ask questions about his integrity and further casts aspersions about his future at Lekidi Football Center.

The association is therefore said to be in the thought process to dismiss him but this can only happen if the BFA General Assembly takes the affirmative answer. All the while, the association appealed the matter and the plea came out in their favour that Dingake’s judgment be reversed for fresh investigation and ruling.

“The Chairman erred in hearing and determining a dispute between the BFA and the BFA officials when he no jurisdiction to do so,” lawyers representing BFA argued.While the impending sacking of the Chairman is expected to divide the football opinion, the association is advised to tread carefully not to undermine and erode the confidence of its independent structures.

When reached for clarity, Dingake simply laughed off the matter. “Those are news to me and to that extent, I am sceptical to answer to rumour mongering. All those who make such suggestions or entertain such thoughts are certainly not familiar with the processes,” Dingake answered.

Dingake was appointed Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee by the leadership of the former BFA boss, Tebogo Sebego. Although he had a reported fall-out with Sebego at the time, emotions were never heightened to this degree.

However, some within the association feel that it will be unnecessary to chase away a man whose expertise and dependability is second to none. To some, Dingake’s judgment shows that BFA standing committees are independent and this is necessary for the democratic principles of the game.

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