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BFA leagues on hold

Publishing Date : 11 September, 2017

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

There is mounting fear that football’s seasonal fever might fizzle out following continuous postponement of league games. While it is now common knowledge that the elite league will not be starting until the last week of September, another league- First Division north-has forced the local football mother body to reschedule its commencement date.


WeekendSport has learnt that the league was supposed to kick-start this weekend, but unfinished legal matters linked with the association which required effective attendance caused the plans to change. Chobe United, a football club that could have relegated to a lower division has since provoked this delay while crying foul that they have a strong case that can determine their fate in the league powered by Debswana. Chobe who occupy the 9th spot argues that their encounter against Morupule Wanderers, a team that was mentored by the current Zebras coach David Bright, was not over due to in field complications.


They argued their case before BFA disciplinary committee that the match be rescheduled because they had injuries at the time the game was called off. It was noted that Chobe United had 30 points and occupied the sixth spot when last season’s proceedings were tallied. But upon realizing that the club from Chobe had gained ‘soft points’ and unfair advantage over others, the league acted according to the law and docked the three points that pushed the Chobe outfit down to the 9th position.
The ultimate decision saw Chobe playing with Great North Tigers (GNT) where the applicant lost 2-1- a result that meant that the former relegated to the lower ranks.


The aftermath meant that the Chobe outfit joins Maun Tigers, FC Satmos and Francistown’s once famous club, Tasc in the relegation quagmire. Last week, this publication was told that, Chobe who had registered a complaint with BFA lost their case, but moved swiftly to apply for an appeal. The team chairman Bogosing Bogosing said that they have never been accorded the time to present their story and facts. And wonder why Morupule is not part of the relegating teams when in fact they are also at the centre of the controversy.


 This publication has intercepted a communication from the First division committee revealing that the league will be postponed because of the pending Chobe issue. “This communication serves to notify you that Debswana First Division North will seize to start indefinitely due to circumstances beyond our control. Chobe United FC has lodged an appeal against the BFA Disciplinary ruling,” the letter reads in part. The move threatens to taint the image of Botswana football that was taunted to be on the rise. However, the equal of (First Division North) stream down south started last weekend.


Although the elite league is also on hold, the sponsorship was however announced this week, with an official confirmation that the league will start on September 23. League winners Township Rollers and first division champions TAFIC are anticipated to lock horns at Francistown stadium. BFA media liaison, Tumo Mpatane in an interview said it is very important to give Batswana fully baked cakes. He is of the view that technical and administrative issues ought to be thoroughly dealt with before any league can commence. “We are calling for all Batswana who love football to be patient, sooner we will be dishing out a perfect meal for them, the association has to iron out some important things for the product to become a success,” he said.

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