After a harsh penalty meted out by the Botswana Premier League (BPL), BDF XI says it would not be derailed and will soldier on and chase the league title until the last day.
This is despite their top of the table clash loss to Township Rollers. The army side were given a 2-1 hiding just after their much publicised disciplinary case. In an interview with The Telegraph Sports, BDF XI Chairman Brigadier Boikanyo Addanes said though his team might have been affected by the Premier League’s disciplinary committee’s decision to deduct six points from them, nothing has dented their hopes of fighting for the championships.
“If you were observant in our Rollers game, you will have noticed that the team has not lost its momentum. We could have won 5-2. We missed a penalty and were denied by many missed chances,” said Addanes.
He said last week the management had engaged the services of a psychologist to talk to the players and the mood in the camp is back to normal.
Current standings show that BDF XI have dropped to fourth spot after 19 matches. They would be on the second spot had the BPL not taken its disciplinary action.
Addannes said that they were yet to inform their supporters about the latest developments. He stressed that like true soldiers, they would fight to the end to claim their hard fought points back.
He said as much as they would fight for the league honours, they would also take head on the BPL for its harsh action.
Addanes said people should expect anything from BDF XI, adding that they had yet to receive the full written decision from the Botswana Premier League Disciplinary Committee.
The BDF XI chairman said they would have to study the judgement and see how the judgment was reached. The angry Addanes said they would take the Botswana Premier League on, even if it means putting the league to a halt.
The premier league Disciplinary Committee (DC) have found BDF XI guilty of contravening regulation 12.3 of the Botswana Football Association as well as Article 17.2.8 of the BFA Constitution and Article 68 Paragraph two of the FIFA statutes, which all bar the taking of football disputes to an ordinary Court of Law. BDF IX took Botswana Premier League to court last year over the postponement of their league game against Mochudi Centre Chiefs. They won that case.