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Eight BPL teams lose points

Publishing Date : 02 September, 2019


First Instance Body (FIB), a structure under the Botswana Football Association wing, has begun to implement club licensing football regulations and the consequences are far-reaching. 

By the end of this week, a total of eight clubs were slapped with warning letters and were given reprieve to satisfy the requirements although it came under severe circumstances. The clubs, as the elite league commences, will be docked points- as a restrictive measure- because they owe   players and some failed to submit audited financial statements. The first club to be docked points is Lobatse’s Extension Gunners. The team under the stewardship of controversial chairman Tariq Babitseng, is guilty for having overdue payables in respect of Ronald Francis Olaki and Thabiso Mabachi, as per the judgment of the Dispute Resolution Chambers passed on March 7th 2019. 

As a result, Gunners will lose 6 points and also pay a fine of P 4 000 within 30 days. Also feeling the heat of club licensing requirement is, Sharps Shooting Stars. The club will be docked 3 points for failing to pay player Lebogang Jabari, as per judgment of the Dispute Resolution Chamber passed on March of this year. The club that has since changed its names to Molepolole City Stars, it too was also asked to pay P 1000 within 30 days. Miscellaneous Sporting Club, is another team under the knife for failing to submit audited finances. The club from Serowe, will however not lose points immediately. The FIB has given the club up to 60 calendar days to have completed the assignments. Points will only be deducted after the said 60 days has elapsed.

The axe is wielding faster though. Mahalapye’s BR Highlanders has been body checked. The team is requested to pay P 10 000 within 7 days; should they fail to pay the said amount, the team will automatically lose 3 points. The P10 000 fine comes from failure by the club to submit lawful registration certificate. Newly promoted outfit Gilport Lions is also welcomed into the BPL’s lion den.  The team automatically lose three points for having arrears; this is for defaulting on an order of the FIB dated January 17th 2018. The team is yet to pay some of its players their outstanding salaries. Like some of the clubs, Gilport Lions is also requested to pay P 1 000 fine within 30 days.

Also receiving a harsh welcome into elite league is, Morupule Wanderers. The newly promoted outfit is requested to submit audited financial statements within 60 days. The team will also automatically lose 3 points should they fail to meet the deadline. The same restriction and order has been imposed on Tafic Sporting club as well. The last team to come under the scalpel is, Notwane Football club. The club has lost 6 points already into the new season. The FIB says the team failed to pay their former coach Kaelo Kaelo, as per the judgment of the Industrial court sitting in Gaborone on the 12th of December 2018. It is also requested that the club should pay a fine of P 4 000 within 30 days. However, before going to print, this publication has learned that, Notwane has already applied for appeal, asking that the decision be halted. The club led by former BFA boss, Tebogo Sebego, argued that they have never seen the said judgment and also feel BFA’ s decision to dock points is against the spirit of sportsmanship.

The FIB gave all the 8 clubs 48hours to have appealed the decisions if they are not satisfied. The body warns that further restrictions will be implemented if clubs fail to satisfy club licensing requirements.



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