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BFA probes Gilport Lions

Publishing Date : 13 March, 2018


Botswana Football Association (BFA) is said to be investigating Gilport Lions’ failure to apply and register for affiliation at the Southern Football region Association (SOFA). This follows sudden resignations by some region members whose portfolio includes matters of affiliation, WeekendSport has been informed.

Gilport Lions together with Extension Gunners are the only two teams at the premier league whose status is based at the SOFA region.  It turns out that one Lesego Leaketsa who was co-opted in to the SOFA committee resigned a few days before the issue became public knowledge.  Leaketsa was a bonafide lieutenant of the former BFA president Tebogo Sebego. It is reported that the association has learnt about the issue and some members who are based at the region have been divided on the way forward.

But according to the BFA guiding documents, any club that fails to pay its registration fee automatically ceases to be a member. Article 16 and 17 of the BFA constitution and the play rules and regulations clearly stipulates that: “Any club that fails to pay its annual subscription fee to the region in terms of the BFA Constitution and these Play Rules and Regulations shall immediately cease to be a member of the Association irrespective of whether such club has subscribed to the respective National League or not subject to Articles 16 and 17 of the constitution.”

During Sebego’s era two premier league clubs (POLICE XI and Security Systems) were expelled after failing to pay for their affiliation matter. Despite the association’s denial, sources maintain that stern action must be taken against Lions whom many believe it is being treated with kids’ gloves. On the first round of the season, the club failed to honour premier league matches against Centre Chiefs and Jwaneng Galaxy. And when the judgment was passed, football opinion was divided.

Lions’ ever charismatic chairman Kelesitse Gilika says, “That is news to me, we all know that we have satisfied our obligations and adhered to the constitution. Gilport Lions has always dominated football headlines. The team saw close to 16 players terminating their contracts accusing the club for failing to pay their dues. However, the club was asked to pay players before signing new ones or risked been banned from player registration period. The team problems continue to mount. Lions is perched at the bottom of the league with 8 points and there is no prize for guessing how that it will be relegated to the lower tie at the end of the season.



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