Botswana Football Association (BFA) Kitso Kemoeng accused the Botswana National Sport Commission of inconveniencing the association by disrupting them from concluding the premier league season. Kemoeng shared the sentiments in an interview with the Sunday Standard Sport after the BNSC cancelled the playoff fixture between Township Rollers and Mochudi Centre Chiefs that was meant to decide the league title winners. BNSC chairperson Solly Reikeletseng last week wrote a strongly worded letter to the BFA president Tebogo Sebego warning him against going ahead with the fixture which was to have been played last Wednesday at the national stadium.
“It should be appreciated that if you do not postpone the match between Township Rollers and Centre Chiefs it will be taken as refusal to take a reasonable instruction which has a bearing on the future of football in the country,” Reikeletseng warned the BFA.
Asked what he makes of the statement, Kemoeng said “I think our principals worked within their powers and there was nothing we could do. What could we have done?” He added “you could look at it from many angles but we should understand it is our principal structure. They (BNSC) also owned the pitch that we had wanted to use and if they take it what will we do?” asked Kemoeng.
“At BFA we had thought the BNSC had understood our concerns because the two principals had met concerning the match” Kemoeng said.
He said he was not sure of the motive behind the sudden cancellation of the game. “As football administrators we had done our part and if it is an instruction from above we have to abide” he said.
Kemoeng said the BNC has inconvenienced the BFA a great deal. “We had an order that we had to comply with and the postponement means we haven’t complied with the order.”
What saddened BFA boss is the fact that both Rollers and Chiefs players were recalled to camp from holiday and it is going to be difficult to call them back again from holiday.
He said the BNSC instruction had failed BFA because the association was confident of finishing the league and moving forward. “Had we played the match we could be confidently engaging the league sponsor to apologize for the mishaps that had happened and moved forward. There are a host of challenges that come with the cancellation of the fixture” Kemoeng explained. He said the premier league cannot stage the awards because the league has to be concluded and the outright champion known.