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Administrative error rocks BPL

Botswana Football League (BFL) board of directors says there was an error of judgment on their side when they issued an invitation, noticing all premier league chairpersons attend a meeting on 28 September 2021. The meeting was scheduled to deliberate, among others, the commencement of the league date.

The board, however, faced opposition from at least six premier league teams, challenging how the notice was executed. These six clubs are Gaborone United, Township Rollers, ExtENSION Gunners, Gilport Lions, Mogoditshane Fighters and Notwane. They argued, through their attorneys Lore Morapedi that the boards operations were unconstitutional and the meeting ought not to stand until proper procedures were followed.

The said notice is with respect defective in so far as it does not give adequate notice for the meeting in terms of the constitution of the company...part of the letter reads. The letter from the six clubs was sent to the board on September 23. After careful assessment of facts, the board, as led by Aryl Ralobala of Masitaoka, agreed that they made a mistake and, in the future, will want to correct the matter.

We accept that the notice issued on 22 September 2021 is defective… it was also erroneously issued as the matter raised therein are operational and do not fall within the province of shareholders…the notice is hereby withdrawn, and the inconvenience caused is highly regrettable, the board agreed in response to the letter by the six clubs. Although highly apologetic and seemingly remorseful, it seems that the mistake by the board has once again piled pressure and continues to underscore the administrative prowess of the chairman.

Having called a press briefing on Wednesday, the six clubs are adamant that the league will not start on the proposed date of October 8 until their grievances and queries are duly met. Their view is that the chairman is ruling by an iron fist and often gets derailed into committing schoolboy errors. The six clubs, which hold 6000 of the shareholding BFL (propriety) Limited, are of the view that the chairman lacks the basic skill of leadership and, if not properly tamed, he will lead them astray.

The six clubs argue that they called a press briefing because their numerous attempt of meeting with the board continues to hit a brick wall. Nikholas Zakhem, the chairperson of GU, says the league should not start until all the administration issues are thoroughly dealt with. We want all to know that the league cannot start until all shareholders are treated equally and when every resolution is adopted before it is taken into consideration.

The clubs argue that there was a resolution to the effect that the league should only commence after a total of P15million is raised. They say, as things stand, they are in the dark about the sponsorship but are mindful that the board was to kick start proceedings as soon as possible.
The BFL company was established last year August to help commercialise the elite league. The company was registered on the run to BFA elections, scoring points for Mac Lean Letshwitis administration. But as fate would have it, the spirit in which the company was formed has fallen apart.

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