Francistown giants TAFIC alongside Molepolole City Stars are not part of the program as Botswana Football Association (BFA) orientates and fine tunes premier league clubs on importance of football commercialization – WeekendSport has learnt.
The two clubs are on the way to First Division league following the announcement by the National Executive Committee to end the league season because of severe impacts of COVID-19 in football.
Although having vowed to fight for their survival, by exhausting all available legal routes, the duo are out of equation and their slots are filled by Masitaoka of Molepolole and Sowa United.
The hardnosed stance adopted by the association comes to the fore after the two clubs expressed their displeasure for relegating when they thought they had ample time to fight for their survival.
The commercialization drive as spearheaded by Ashford Mamelodi began in earnest last week with Gaborone United. Township Rollers became the second club to be engaged with. Prisons XI, BDF XI and Police XI have all received the guidelines towards transformation and all are happy for what the future holds.However, both TAFIC and Molepolole City Stars are determined to fight for their cause with or without transformation engagements.
TAFIC has therefore given BFA 7 days to have attended their letter of complaint or face legal actions. The club argues that they are prejudiced by the NEC decision and objects the legality and fairness of the said resolution.
“The league season is less than 70% complete and effectively 10 games of the requisite 30 are still to be played. In that regard, all the teams have 30 points at stake to be played in order to determine the log standing,” the club’s objections read in part.
At a time when the decision was taken, TAFIC was lying in the 13th position with only 18 points accumulated.City also made their grievances known and has told the association that they will be joining forces with TAFIC to fight for football justice.
But when reached for comment, City Chairman Somerset Gobuiwang refused to comment saying he is afraid to talk with the media owing to the warning released by BFA. He says he will talk only after elections.
From what this publication could gather, both TAFIC and City are preparing to challenge the decision on two counts, one the lawfulness behind declaring a season over without all 30 match days being completed, and secondly, if this was lawful, then the only way to fairly decide club classification would be through the voiding of the 2019/20 campaign in its entirety.
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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.